Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Panel: Excessive force used in arrest

The Cincinnati Enquirer

WEST END - Cincinnati's police watchdog agency sustained allegations that two officers used excessive force when they sprayed chemical irritant and fired a beanbag round while arresting a Forest Park man last April.

The Citizen Complaint Authority found that Tierre Jackson, 26, later convicted of obstructing official business, posed a threat that was "minimal at best." Officer Baron Osterman sprayed Jackson with irritant, and Officer John Neal shot him in the chest with a beanbag round. A third officer was exonerated of improper pointing of a firearm.

The officers stopped Jackson in North Avondale after someone reported he had grabbed a woman and forced her into his car.

If upheld by the city manager, the two officers could be suspended for seven to 11 days.

Osterman was among six officers involved in the fatal struggle with Nathaniel Jones Dec. 1, a case still being investigated.

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