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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A man was seen on police body camera video being stepped on by a East Cleveland Police filed a lawsuit alleging the department failed to turn over public records regarding the “brutal assault”.
Redrick Ward filed the lawsuit in Cuyahoga County General Court on Thursday.
Ward’s attorney, David Nacht, said the lawsuit was filed, “To bring to light the truth about the East Cleveland Police Department.”
“Not only did the city of East Cleveland have a terrible record regarding police abusing Ohio citizens, they not only rehabilitated one officer, Nicholas Foti, who was videotaping repeatedly kicking an injured citizen in the head handcuffed and face down. , but they retain information and records that they are legally obligated to provide, information that belongs to the people of Ohio,” Nacht said. “I believe the city’s efforts to withhold this information are part of a calculated strategy to tackle allegations of abuse and police brutality under the rug.”
East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons could not be reached to discuss the case.
The incident of excessive force occurred on April 1, 2020. City officials became aware of the matter in March of this year after requesting public records of the video. relevant officer, Nicholas Foti, was fired but earlier this month a referee ruled Foti should get his job back.
“In my view, the delay in time compromises the due process rights of the complainant,” the ruling by attorney Bruce B. McIntosh stated. “Despite five officers at the scene, allegations of excessive force went undetected for nearly a year. As of this writing, the grieving person is required to return to work for the city as an officer of the East Cleveland Police Department. “
Nacht said after receiving public records, it plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
“Citizens of East Cleveland need to know that East Cleveland has a police misconduct problem.” Nacht said. “And all the press conferences from the mayor and the sheriff mean nothing when they’re not acting in good faith. Even the brave efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement to date have failed to change the city’s approach to policing and the city’s unwillingness to hold accountable those who use their badges. as a shield to cause violence.
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