Union: Discipline not necessary in Ohio police kick case

An investigation says Rosen used "unreasonable" force that wasn't part of his training

FILE – This undated file photo shows Columbus, Ohio, police officer Zachary Rosen in Columbus, Ohio. A recommendation by Columbus, Ohio, Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs that Rosen receive a one-day suspension was made public Wednesday, June 21, 2017, after a video recorded April 8, 2017, showed Rosen subduing a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the prone man in the head. An investigation says Rosen used "unreasonable" force that wasn't part of his training. (Jonathan Quilter/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A union official is criticizing an Ohio police chief’s proposed 24-hour suspension for an officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head.

The recommendation by Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs against officer Zachary Rosen was made public Wednesday. The 24-hour suspension would amount to three shifts.

Jason Pappas is head of the Fraternal Order of Police chapter that represents Rosen. He says the union disagrees that any discipline is required.

Pappas notes that a sergeant, lieutenant and commander all cleared Rosen before a deputy chief found fault with the officer.

Attorney Sean Walton represents Demarko Anderson, the suspect Rosen was helping subdue.

Walton says Anderson was the victim of a crime and Rosen should be fired.

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This story has been corrected to show that the chief recommended a 24-hour suspension, not a one-day suspension.