Columbus police release body cam video of incident where officer punched man

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police have released body camera video of an incident that happened Friday evening where an officer punched a man.

Police officers responded to a report of shots fired on Heyl Avenue on Friday just after 4 p.m. after ShotSpotter alerted them.

Columbus police posted 49 minutes worth of body camera footage Monday evening.

Jonathan Robinson talked to 10TV over the weekend saying “Initially I’m there approaching the officer because he has a weapon. My wife, my two children are right there.”

Police reports indicate the officer involved in the situation is listed as ‘Officer Johnson’.

Friday, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area near the Stanley Avenue home. According to witnesses, officers ordered the adults out of the home with suspicion an armed individual was in the home.

Robinson was charged with obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct.

Robinson admitted adrenaline got the best of him but also felt the officer could have handled it better

It’s unclear if officers found any evidence of actual shots fired, but neighbors say what played out during this visit by Columbus police was unjust.

Columbus police initially commented saying Interim Chief Tom Quinlan has reviewed the video and while uses of force can appear shocking, the officer on preliminary review was protecting bystanders during the call.

Police are conducting an investigation into all aspects of this incident. The results of the investigation will be released upon its completion.

Anyone with additional video or information regarding this incident is asked to send it to kkropp@columbuspolice.org.

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