CINCINNATI – A Hamilton County MP has been charged with assault, charged with using excessive force on a prisoner on April 19, according to a press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
MP Rick Johnson, 31, was charged Monday with one count of tortious assault. He was released after being charged.
Court documents say Johnson placed a handcuffed inmate he was escorting against a wall “to take control.” Johnson then allegedly pushed the inmate to the ground, causing a laceration over the inmate’s right eye.
Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said Johnson did not report the incident himself, but other officers saw it happening on video and reported it to supervisors.
“Other people came together and said, ‘Here’s an incident,’” McGuffey said. “We watched it right away. Shooted the video and immediately acted on it… it’s so important, because it sets the precedent that under this sheriff’s administration we will not tolerate excessive force. ”
Johnson was suspended with pay. He will remain suspended with pay until prosecuted, according to the sheriff’s office. Johnson works in the Corrections Division and the incident involved a prisoner at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
“It sends a message across the entire institution and the entire sheriff’s office as to where we’re going with this administration,” McGuffey said. “This message is that we will be accountable. We will be transparent to the public. We will act in a way that demands integrity.”
Watch the video of the incident below: