Columbus – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) called for an immediate and thorough investigation into the actions of Columbus Police Officer Zachary Rosen who, Saturday morning, violently kicked a restrained suspect.

A video showed the suspect, Demarko Anderson, had already been restrained on the ground by another officer when Officer Rosen arrived at the scene and deliberately kicked Mr. Anderson in the face. Officer Rosen was also involved in the controversial shooting of Columbus native Henry Green who was killed last year. In that incident, Rosen and another officer opened fire on Mr. Green, allegedly without identifying themselves as police officers.

"The officer involved in the April 8th apprehension of a Columbus suspect was abusive and deliberative. He walked over to the suspect, who was already under control, to kick the individual in the head while he was on the ground and handcuffed. This officer has shown a pattern and practice of abuse and excessive force having been involved in the controversial and questionable shooting of Henry Green.  We cannot allow this behavior to continue with anyone who is sworn to protect and serve all residents of Columbus,” stated Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Minority Leader. “This officer appears to have issues with power, violence and excessive force." 

Since the incident on April 8th, Officer Rosen has been assigned to non-patrol duty indefinitely.

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