Friday, March 25, 2011

Cleveland police officers charged with felonious assault did not file report on use of force

Written and reported with Gabriel Baird

None of the four Cleveland police officers charged with assaulting a man during a New Year's Day arrest submitted paperwork required when non-deadly force is used, records obtained by The Plain Dealer show.

Whether the force is as simple as wrestling a suspect to the ground or as serious as using a Taser, department policy calls for officers to detail such incidents in special reports. The written accounts help track police behavior and trigger investigations.

Third District officers Paul Crawford, Martin Lentz, Christopher Randolph and Kevin Smith face felonious assault and obstruction of official business charges. They are accused of beating Edward Henderson, 40, on Jan. 1. All four have been suspended without pay and have pleaded not guilty.

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