Authorities fired an Ohio police officer Tuesday who was on paid depart for greater than a yr and a half after taking pictures a suspect who was accused of shoplifting in 2019.
In a letter obtained by NBC Information, Beachwood Mayor Martin Horowitz wrote Monday that the town fired officer Blake Rogers for violating a number of division insurance policies, together with these on dishonesty and use of lethal drive in entrance of kids.
Information confirmed that Rogers was paid greater than $90,000 for 19 months whereas investigators decided whether or not the taking pictures was justified, based on CBS affiliate 19 Information.
The taking pictures occurred on June 27, 2019, at a busy mall car parking zone in Beachwood, east of Cleveland, the station mentioned. Rogers shot and injured Laquan Jones, then 19, who was accused of stealing a $60 hat from Dillard’s, based on the station.
Jones later drove over the officer’s foot as he tried to flee the scene, the station reported.
In October, Jones later pleaded responsible to tried felonious assault, theft, and grand theft, Cleveland.com reported.
Later that month, a grand jury in Cuyahoga County voted to not cost Rogers within the taking pictures of Jones, the newspaper reported. It was unclear what particular costs the jury voted on.
A few week later, Rogers filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to the town of Beachwood, Horwitz, and Beachwood police for delaying the almost two-year lengthy investigation on objective to discover a simply trigger for his termination, 19 information reported.
Town of Beachwood and the Beachwood Police Division declined to remark pending the continuing authorized battle.
Efforts to achieve Rogers by cellphone Tuesday had been unsuccessful.