Officer seen kicking man in video reinstated to Columbus Police

Photo Credit: The Columbus Dispatch - Jonathan Quilter

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A police officer who was seen on video kicking a suspect while on the ground was reinstated to the Columbus Division of Police, according to the Fraternal Order of Police.

Officer Zachary Rosen was fired in July of 2017 for his actions involving a handcuffed suspect when the entire incident was caught on camera.

The incident happened on April 8 near the residence of the 3100 block of Maize Road.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, this type of force used by one of the officers was "outside of policy."

Authorities said when Officer Rosen stomped the suspect he didn't use a technique taught to Columbus Police officers.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs had recommended a 24-hour suspension for Rosen. The FOP says an arbitrator reinstated Rosen to the force but upheld the suspension recommended by Chief Jacobs.

Officer Rosen was one of two officers cleared in the shooting death of Henry Green in June 2016.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther criticized the decision to overturn Rosen's firing. The mayor released the following statement Monday:

“We disagree with the decision of the arbitration of Columbus Police Officer Zach Rosen. We believe the Public Safety Director’s decision for termination was the correct one. However, we respect and will abide by the legally-binding arbitrator’s decision. The details and timing of his reinstatement are being determined by Police Chief Kim Jacobs.”

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