Sunday, March 27, 2011

2 Cleveland police officers charged with assault are among department's most prolific uses of force

Written and reported with Gabriel Baird

Two Cleveland police officers accused of assaulting a Cleveland Heights man during a January arrest were among the department's most prolific users of nondeadly force last year, a Plain Dealer review of city records has found.

Kevin Smith reported using force 11 times in 2010, ranking him fifth in the department for the year. Martin Lentz reported eight such incidents, ranking him 11th.

Those two officers, along with Paul Crawford and Christopher Randolph, are accused of beating Edward Henderson following a late New Year's Day chase. Henderson, 40, suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose and detached retina. He has a history of mental illness.

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