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Union official: Officer in video didn’t kick suspect’s head

Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther, front center, joined by city officials and council members including Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs, far right, expresses his concern Tuesday, April 11, 2017, news conference in Columbus, Ohio, over a police officer captured on video apparently kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head, du, Jacobs said Tuesday she's fast-tracking an investigation into the case, with a report expected within two weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police union official says video appearing to show an officer kicking a restrained suspect in the head actually shows him using his foot to pin the man’s shoulder to the ground.

The video taken Saturday shows a Columbus officer restraining a prone man in the process of handcuffing him, when a second officer arrives and appears to kick him in the head.

Local police union president Jason Pappas says that officer, identified as Zachary Rosen, was trying to pin down a suspect armed with a gun and didn’t violate police policy in doing so.

Police say Rosen self-reported his action under standard police procedure for when force is used.

Rosen has been reassigned to nonpatrol duty pending an investigation. Officials have vowed to fast-track it.

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