After an arbitrator's ruling Monday, the city of Euclid will rehire police officer Michael Amiott, who was fired last year after a video of him violently beating a black man
during a traffic stop went viral.
Amiott was also featured on the Serial podcast this year. The episode recounted what Scene and others
had reported on in 2017: another violent beating of a black man. Serial reported how Amiott and another officer waylaid Emirius Spencer in his own apartment building with no provocation, and went on to lie about details
of the incident under oath, in coordination with the prosecutor and the judge, to insulate themselves from punishment.
As Amiott's re-hiring shows, any punishment for police officers is temporary. There's virtually nothing an officer can do that will result in any meaningful consequences. Even Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Tamir Rice, lied on his application, and was so emotionally unstable that he wept on the firing range, was recently re-hired
by a small police department in Ohio.
The story of Amiott's rehiring was earlier reported by Cleveland.com
and by Samah Assad and Sarah Budson of WEWS Channel 5
. Amiott will rejoin the force, per Euclid Law Director Kelley Sweeney, with the following conditions:
- 80 hours in-class training
- 60 to 90 days of additional field training
- No side jobs during probation
- Removal from the police department's SWAT team
That'll teach him!
The Euclid NAACP, for its part, has issued a "travel advisory" for the city of Euclid. "If you are stopped and approached by police officers, do not make sudden moves," it advises, "keep your hands visible, and your insurance and license within arm's reach. "