Man sues police, says officer kicked him in face
A black man says in a lawsuit that he was kicked in the face, kneed in the groin and seriously hurt by a white suburban Cleveland police officer recently fired for using excessive force on a black man in another case.
Erimius Spencer filed the suit Friday against the city of Euclid, former Euclid police officer Michael Amiott, current officer Shane Rivera and the owners of the apartment complex where he lived.
Amiott was fired in October from Euclid after dashboard camera video showed him repeatedly punching a different black man during a traffic stop.
A message seeking comment was left Monday for Euclid police.
Spencer’s lawsuit said Amiott and Rivera were moonlighting as security guards at his apartment building last December when they confronted him in a hallway, asking him if he had any warrants and whether he was armed.
Amiott reached into Spencer’s pocket and found a small amount of marijuana, grabbed him by the arm and shoved him against the wall while ordering him to stop resisting, Spencer said in the lawsuit. Spencer denies he was resisting the officer.
Amiott then kneed him in the groin and shoved him to the floor while Rivera jumped on his back and restrained his arms and legs, according to Spencer’s suit.
The lawsuit says Amiott kicked Spencer in the face when he called out for help and that both officers shocked him with stun guns before placing him in handcuffs.
Spencer was treated for a broken bone in his face.
He later was charged in Euclid Municipal Court with theft, resisting arrest, criminal damaging and drug abuse. Euclid hired a special prosecutor, who dropped the first three charges in September.