On March 8, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office released a 14-minute video showing officers allegedly tasing, kicking, pummeling and stomping on citizens who were holding up their hands and otherwise defenseless.
In the clip, one officer appears to be kicking a kneeling victim from behind while another officer punches a man over and over again who happened to be curled up in the street. He then struck him in the groin, as a cop is heard saying. “Get his ass, boy!”
The indictments, which were handed up from a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas grand jury, came after a two-year investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Field Office.
At a press conference, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said the acts were “appalling” and said this was “a sad day for all of law enforcement,” Cleveland.com reported.
O’Malley’s office has worked to indict 16 East Cleveland police officers over the past seven months, including those charged on March 8.
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These new charges include felonious assault, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights. Previously, officers have been charged with bribery, aggravated robbery and theft, Cleveland.com reported.
“Make no mistake, there has been a cancer growing in the East Cleveland police department," O’Malley said. "We’re doing our best to remove every tentacle of that cancer so that this department can build and grow.”
The officers indicted on March 8 were Patrol Officer Nicholas Foti, Detective Ian McInnes, Sgt. John Hartman, Patrol Officer Tristan Homan, Patrol Officer Laurice Mans, Patrol Officer Tre Dehart Robinson, Patrol Officer Brian Parks, Patrol Officer Tyler Mundson, Patrol Officer Brian Stoll, Investigator Kyle Wood and Patrol Officer Daniel Toomer.
Of these 11 officers, Mundson, Stoll, Wood and Toomer were previously indicted on other crimes, including theft in office and felonious assault. They were already suspended without pay, according to Cleveland.com.
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Mans was terminated, Foti resigned and Homan took a job with the Elyria Police Department, according to O’Malley. The Elyria Police Department announced Homan was fired after the indictments were announced.
Other charges from the March 8 indictment include tampering with evidence, theft in office, obstructing justice and telecommunications fraud, officials said.
O’Malley said they would be arraigned at a later date and all are expected to self-surrender. He added that these indictments account for 11 victims, with the total number of victims totaling 17.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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