Last October, Euclid police officer Michael Amiott was rehired
after being fired in 2017 for beating up a black man during a traffic stop — all of which was caught on camera and went viral. Now, Amiott is facing misdemeanor assault charges for his actions during Richard Hubbard III's arrest on Aug. 12, 2017.
According to court documents, the officer is also being charged with interfering with civil rights. Hubbard, who was dismissed of all charges following his arrest, currently has a federal civil case against Amiott as well, which is pending.
The Euclid Fraternal Order of Police union, instrumental in Amiott's rehiring, released a statement
expressing their dislike of the new charges.
“Officer Amiott was attempting to effect a lawful arrest and the suspect resisted,” Union President Dave Trend Trend said in the statement. “Officer Amiott, who was injured in the encounter, took the measures that he reasonably believed to be necessary to effect the arrest and protect himself from further harm.”
Amiott is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12. He has been put on administrative duty in the meantime.
This incident is not an isolated case
for Amiott, and his misdeeds were also included on the Serial podcast
last year, just one of many of the Cleveland stories told.
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