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Police Assault

Columbus, OH: (Mar-10-08) Sarah R. Kroger brought a lawsuit against the city of Columbus, alleging that she was assaulted by a Columbus police officer after a drunken-driving arrest in 2006. Kroger, 31, claimed that she was pushed, slapped and choked by Officer Bridget Kimbrough at police headquarters after a Jan. 22, 2006, arrest. Though the incident was captured on videotape, the lack of audio rendered it insufficient information. Legal counsel for Kimbrough had also argued that the motion-activated cameras distorted the incident.

Records show that a legislation approved by the council confirmed that Kimbrough used unnecessary force against Kroger, in both the waiting room and elevator. Assault charges against Kimbrough were dismissed, though the officer was suspended for a week without pay.

Kroger was found guilty of drunken driving and fined $300. A charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in Municipal Court. As part of a settlement reached between Kroger and the city, the city agreed to pay her $65,000 to resolve the assault allegations. [COLUMBUS DISPATCH: WOMAN WHO ACCUSED OFFICER OF ASSAULT TO GET $65,000]

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Published on Mar-12-08


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