Officer off the job after saying police should've 'choked the life out of' a suspect
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said Wednesday that a series of officer body cam videos that captured the arrest of Timothy Davis has prompted the suspension of one officer, who wasn't part of the initial arrest.
"Upon reviewing some of the video, one of the officers has been relieved of his duty and had his weapon and his badge taken away until we determine if that's the language he uses on the streets," Jacobs said on a video statement posted on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook Page.
That officer was later identified as Joseph Bogard, 32. CPD says he has served four years on the force.
The officer's body camera recorded several questionable comments he had with another officer that included:
- "What did we tase him for? Why didn't we just choke the ******** life out of him?"
- "I'm a little aroused at this Davis (the suspect), just so you know," followed by him laughing.
- Choking an unruly suspect is "better than shooting them and going to (expletive) jail."
Davis' family and friends claim police brutality and excessive force during Davis' arrest on outstanding warrants at the Livingston Market on September 1.
Court records show Davis resisted arrested and fought and bit at officers as they attempted to subdue him.
The police chief and city safety director both said the case and video remained under investigation.
Mayor Andrew Ginther issued a public statement about the Chief Jacobs' decision.
"I applaud the the chief's action to take away this officer's weapon and badge," Ginther said Wednesday night.
Fraternal Order of Police President Jason Pappas sees a different side and said it could take weeks or longer for a thorough investigation of the case.
"I have zero problems with the arrest, I believe it to be within policy, and to be justified" Pappas said.