Sgt. Holly Kanode was charged with one count of falsification and one count of dereliction of duty, after she allegedly told an officer filling out an arrest report that the individual had “grabbed hold of another Officer and jerked him to the ground with his gear,” despite body camera evidence to the contrary, according to a complaint.
The incidents allegedly involving Shaw and Kanode happened May
30, 2020, and the incident allegedly involving Walls happened May
29, 2020, as protesters gathered in the Ohio capital
volgende Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis
Attorney for officers says they were ‘scapegoats’
Mark Collins, whose law firm is representing the three officers, said the officers were “scapegoats for the lack of preparedness in the chain of command in the protests last year.”
“We’re very disappointed in the charges,” Collins told CNN. “We will enter a not guilty plea and will zealously defend at trial.”
The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The police union said the officers acted appropriately.
“Our officers are some of the best trained in the country and we welcome the accountability that comes with our job,” Jeff Simpson, the executive vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9, said in a statement to CNN. “After consultation with our Lodge Counsel, we believe the officers acted appropriately within the scope of their duties.”
Garber and investigator Richard Wozniak were independently appointed, the Department of Public Safety said in its news release.
“Investigations remain open with respect to unidentified officers, as well as in those events that involve witness officers who have not yet been interviewed, pending an arbitration decision,” het die departement gesê, noting the Columbus City Attorney’s Office has “prosecuted nearly 100 civilians for violent, aggressive behavior during the protests.”