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Ohio Cop Stomps On Black Suspect's Head (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A police officer was caught on video (below) stomping on the head of a handcuffed black suspect on April 8 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Columbus Police Department released a statement following the incident, WBNS notes: "Officer Zachary Rosen is under investigation for his actions that took place involving a suspect under arrest on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Officer Rosen has been reassigned to a non-patrol duty indefinitely."

Rosen and other officers were answering a call about a discharged firearm.

John Marteney said a man threatened to shoot his home and all of its occupants.

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"He woke me up out of a dead sleep," Marteney recalled. "It just totally scared the hell out of me ... I was down in the basement trying to call 911, I heard the gunshot."

According to police, suspect DeMarco Anderson fired a shot near the back of Marteney’s home, and then ran away. The cops found Anderson on a nearby street and arrested him.

​Roiesha Pettiford posted a cellphone video on YouTube that shows an unidentified cop holding Anderson face-down on the concrete, WCMH reports. Suddenly, Rosen runs up and kicks Anderson in the head.

Police charged Anderson with resisting arrest, aggravated menacing, drug possession, improperly discharging a firearm and more.

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The police department issued a statement on April 10:

Based on what we've [seen] in the video taken on Saturday April 8, 2017, the action taken by one of our officers does not meet the standards by the Columbus Division of Police.

It appears to be inconsistent with the values and training we instill in our officers. The officer self-reported a kick to the suspect while the suspect was in custody. We’ll learn more as the investigation continues and take appropriate actions based on the facts gathered.

The Columbus City Council released a statement on April 11:

We are deeply disturbed and troubled by the video of the police incident that occurred over the weekend in Linden. These actions are contrary to how we expect Columbus Division of Police officers to conduct themselves with the community especially during intense situations.

We agree with the statement by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. This behavior is questionable and inconsistent with the values of the City of Columbus. It erodes trust and confidence in our peace officers.

​Rosen and Officer Jason Bare were involved in the fatal shooting death of Henry Green in 2016, but a grand jury recently decided not to indict them, WCMH reports.

Adrienna Hood, the mother of Henry Green, released a statement about the kicking incident involving Rosen, according to WBNS:

It is unfortunate that it takes video evidence to uncover the actions of Officer Rosen but whatever it takes to expose how he has operated in our communities. We now see the unreasonable aggression that my son saw in his last moments.

Do the witnesses who stated that Rosen stood over Henry and emptied his clip now become more credible? Is this unbridled aggression a part of CPD training?

Sources: WBNS, WCMH / Photo Credit: Raymond Wambsgans/Flickr

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