The Akron Police Department announced the resignation of one of their own who was being investigated for their use of force.
In a press release, the department stated that APD officers responded to a domestic violence call where the suspect resisted arrest Feb. 7, 2021. Officials said department policy calls for them to review all use of force incidents between their officers and subject who resisted arrest; that’s when they saw a red flag.
During the review of body camera footage, Akron Police saw a tactic that was used by an officer they believed needed to be reviewed further. The officer in question was placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
APD said during the course of their investigation, the officer voluntarily resigned effective March 31, 2021.
“We know that accountability and transparency are the
cornerstones of public trust. All use of force incidents are thoroughly investigated and
reviewed per departmental policy and the safety of all parties involved remains the
highest priority,” said Acting Police Chief Mike Caprez. “We are actively working to assure both our community members and our own officers are heard, supported and respected.”
Police said the use of force investigation is still ongoing and body worn camera footage will soon be released after the conclusion.
The suspect has not reported any injuries from the incident.