Ohio police who slammed businessman’s head into concrete face lawsuit

By David Ferguson
Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:37 EDT
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A lawsuit filed May 26 in U.S. District Court alleges that police from the Ohio’s Put-in-Bay township used excessive force when arresting a man on a noise complaint on July 18 of last year. Attorneys for Bradley Ohlemacher are suing the Village of Put-in-Bay, Put-in-Bay Township, three Put-in-Bay police officers and Put-in-Bay Police chief Ric Lampela for $75,000 in damages.

Ohlemacher is an Elyria, OH businessman whose company was visited by President Obama in 2010. He alleges that police entered his residence without permission and brutally assaulted him in the course of arresting him and transporting him to jail. Between 4:25 and 5:00am on July, police arrived at the residence of Mr. Ohlemacher to investigate a noise complaint. Officers Aaron Crawford and Jeffrey Corwin ordered Ohlemacher to get out of the swimming pool on the property.

The suit says, “In response to defendant Crawford’s commands, (Ohlemacher) exited the pool and sat on a rock beside the pool. Once seated, defendants Crawford and/or Corwin jumped on and tackled (Ohlemacher), driving his face into the concrete. Defendants Crawford and/or Corwin struck (Ohlemacher) in his back, shoulders and body several times, dragged him through landscaping adjacent to the swimming pool and placed (Ohlemacher) in handcuffs.”

He was arrested and alleges that police repeatedly slammed his head into a wall, causing a concussion, in addition to cuts and bruises on his face and body. According to the suit, Put-in-Bay police have a pattern of excessive violence, and acted without a warrant or permission when they entered Ohlemacher’s residence. The department is currently under investigation for another violent incident in May of last year.

The Put-in-Bay police department has declined to comment on the incident.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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