Last April, 26-year-old Demarko Anderson found himself under arrest. Columcus, Ohio police officers were responding to a call that someone matching his description had discharged a weapon in a house near where he was ultimately detained. Officers contend that Anderson was carrying a firearm and was in possession of a small amount of drugs.
By the time the smart phone video picks of the action, Anderson had been restrained and appears cooperative. He is clearly seen in the video face down on the ground, with the arresting officer on his back sternly but calmly cuffing his hands. It looked the peaceful end a story.
That’s when officer Zachery Rosen flies into the frame and stomps Anderson’s head into the ground.
In statement released after the video went public, the CPD appeared to concede that Officer Rosen, at teh very least, used excessive force. “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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Nevertheless, the Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that CPD Chief of Police Kim Jacobs filed a memo on June 14th with the Director of Public Safety for Columbus recommending 24 hours of probation for Officer Rosen as his punishment.
The Mayor of Columbus was quick to point out that no punishment has been finalized, and that the memo is only a recommendation by Chief Jacobs. But the damage was already done.
It’s been a horrible week for justice in America. Last Friday, Minnesota officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all charges for shooting and killing Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in 2016. Just yesterday, never-before-seen police dash-cam video of that shooting surfaced, throwing that acquittal into question.
You can see the video of this incident below and decide for yourself if the recommended punishment goes far enough.