Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cleveland police release jailhouse video from disputed arrest involving Patrolman Martin Lentz

Written and reported with Gabriel Baird

Cleveland police on Wednesday released a jailhouse surveillance video that contradicts claims that an officer was struck in the face with a suspect's belt.

Police administrators provided a copy to The Plain Dealer, bringing an end to conflicting statements from city officials about whether the video still existed and whether they intended to make the images public.

A police lieutenant, in response to a March subpoena in the subsequent assault case, had told an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor that the footage no longer existed.

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