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The Latest: Union official says officer’s kick justified

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a restrained suspect kicked in the head by a police officer (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A police union official says he believes an officer seen kicking a restrained suspect in the head was justified because of the totality of the circumstances that day, including an assault on another officer.

Jason Pappas is head of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter representing Columbus police officers. He says that officer Zachary Rosen would have been justified using deadly force but he and other officers showed restraint.

Records released Wednesday indicate Rosen kicked the suspect in the head despite the officer’s belief that he hit the suspect’s shoulder.

Police had responded to reports of a man with a gun threatening to shoot up a house. Police say shots were fired and an officer was elbowed.

A review by Columbus Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan concludes the video captures the suspect’s head smashing into pavement and then bouncing back up in the air, indicative of being struck in the head.

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4:45 p.m.

Records indicate a Columbus police officer kicked a restrained suspect in the head despite the officer’s belief that he hit the suspect’s shoulder.

A review by Columbus Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan concludes the video captures the suspect’s head smashing into pavement and then bouncing back up in the air, indicative of being struck in the head.

The review also questions officer Zachary Rosen’s justification of using force because he believed suspect Demarko Anderson was still armed.

Quinlan’s report says that fear made no sense given that Anderson wasn’t searched for several minutes after the kick.

The review also says Rosen continued to use profanity long after it could be considered acceptable, indicating he was “operating off adrenalin.”

The Associated Press obtained the report through a public records request.

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1:45 p.m.

A police investigation says an officer used “unreasonable” force that wasn’t part of his training when subduing a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head.

The Columbus Division of Police announced the finding Wednesday in the case of an April 8 arrest that followed an investigation into reports of a man with a gun.

A video taken that day 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.

Police have said the officer, identified as Zachary Rosen, self-reported his action under standard police procedure for when force is used.

A message was left with the police union official speaking for Rosen.

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