Columbus Police Chief recommends 24-hour suspension for officer seen kicking suspect

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs has recommended a 24 hour suspension for Zachary Rosen, the officer caught on camera kicking a suspect on the ground.  The chief’s recommendation now goes to the Columbus Director of Public Safety for a final determination.

It will be up the Director of Public Safety to determine whether to uphold the recommended suspension or take some other action.

An internal police review found multiple supervisors determined that Rosen acted within department policy. But a deputy chief concluded that Rosen’s action was unreasonable and that Rosen used a type of force outside of department’s policy when he stomped on the suspect April 8.

A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police said the union disagrees with the recommendation for discipline.

Video posted to YouTube by Roiesha Pettiford shows a portion of the arrest. The suspect, Demarko Anderson, appears to be on the ground with an officer on top of him. Another officer, later identified as Rosen, comes from outside of the frame and kicks Anderson.

Rosen was also one of two officers involved in the June, 2016 shooting death of Henry Green A grand jury recently declined to indict Rosen and Officer Jason Bare for that shooting.

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released the following statement:

“While the Chief of Police has made a recommendation for discipline in the use of force case involving Officer Rosen, the Director of Public Safety will make the final decision under the current FOP contract. I have every expectation the Public Safety Director will discipline Officer Rosen in a manner that holds him accountable for his actions, and I expect the final decision to be made as quickly as possible.”

 

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