Euclid police officer convicted of assaulting a black motorist during a traffic stop in 2017 in a viral video

Euclid, Ohio–A jury has found Euclid police officer Michael Amote guilty of assaulting a black motorist during a violent traffic stop in 2017 that sparked international attention and prompted Euclid into the national conversation about police brutality.

Amiot was convicted Friday night in Euclid Municipal Court on one count of assault and interference with the civil rights of Richard Hubbard III during a traffic stop on August 12, 2017, captured in a mobile phone video that went viral, Euclid Municipal Court Clerk Keith Hurley confirmed. He was acquitted of the assault charge.

Amiot faces a possible sentence of up to 360 days in prison on two first-degree misdemeanours. It is also eligible for the test.

It will be judged later.

Retired Franklin County Combined Court of Appeals Judge Jay Reese presided over the trial after Euclid Municipal Court Judge Patrick Gallagher himself stepped down from the case.

The jury reached its verdict on Friday After deliberating for nearly five hours.

The trial began on Monday and included testimony from both Amiot and Hubbard, as well as several other police officers.

The Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Board released a statement, saying they were disappointed with the outcome of the trial.

“We are disappointed in the jury’s guilty verdict. We remain confident that Officer Amiott’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances and we continue to stand by him,” said Dave Trend, president of FOP Euclid Lodge #18 and member of the FOP/Ohio Labor Council. .

For Fraternal Police/Ohio Labor Council Executive Director Gwen Callender thanked Amyot’s attorney, Kimberly Kendall Corral.

“Men and women in blue deserve the best when they are often asked to make quick calls while navigating dangerous and arduous situations,” she said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed with this ruling, we will continue to fight vigorously to protect the rights of our brave law enforcement officers throughout Ohio.”

The video clip of the incident showed Amyot riding Hubbard, hitting him on the ground and punching him in the face and body several times. Hubbard was handcuffed and taken to a police cruiser, while his girlfriend yelled at Amiot to stop what he was doing.

Euclid mayor Kirsten Holzheimer-Gil Amiot fired in the months since the video went viral. An arbitrator later ruled that he should be reinstated.

Hubbard testified on Monday that Amiot hit his head on the ground and that he did not know why Amiot used such force against him, WKYC reports. Hubbard also testified that he believed he was racially discriminated against during his arrest, WKYC reports.

Amiot took the stand on Wednesday and accused Hubbard of resisting arrest, WJW 8 reports. The TV station reported that the license plate also returned that the owner of the car had a suspended license.

The video went viral and was the subject of an episode of the popular podcast series and a documentary. The city paid Hubbard $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit.

Amiott has a history of being accused of misconduct with the police force, including when he was forced to resign from the Steering Police Department in 2013 after he lied about why he was being stopped for a driver because of a license suspension. Euclid hired him soon after.

Amiott was also accused in 2017 of pepper-spraying a man who began taping Amiott while he was frisking juveniles and handcuffed them. That same year he was accused of throwing a 16-year-old girl to the ground and putting his knee on the girl’s back during an incident in Euclid’s Library.

A man sued Amyot in 2017, accusing the officer of kicking him in the face and peppering him. The city settled that lawsuit for $40,000.

He was also accused of flogging a driver with a pistol in 2016 during a traffic stop and received a written reprimand.

Amiot’s legal problems continued even during his trial. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Cleveland accused him of injuring a man he arrested for driving recklessly.

The incident occurred during the arrest of Therese Bowden, 24, on July 6, 2020, according to the lawsuit filed by attorneys Brian Sherf and Sergey Katz of Bedford.

Amiott failed to properly secure Bowden in Amiott’s police car and recklessly drove in the car to the city jail. He nearly hits a pedestrian, causing “Bowden to be thrown all over the car.”

According to the lawsuit, stopping and other reckless driving caused Bowden to suffer multiple physical and psychological injuries.

Bowden was arrested for improper handling of a gun in a car. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Monday to 17 months in prison.

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer have reached out to the city and Amiott’s attorneys for comment.

Cleveland.com The Plain Dealer reporter Adam Ferriss contributed to this story.

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