CLEVELAND – Local protestors are upset with an off-duty Cleveland police officer that they say used excessive force against a backyard intruder this past summer, Action News reported.
It all began back in June with a 911 call placed by the wife of police officer James Toomey. She was calling for backup after her husband found 20-year-old Joey Finley in the couple's backyard.
"My husband's an off-duty Cleveland police officer, and there's an intruder in our backyard," she told the operator.
Toomey fired 14 shots at Finley, 12 of which hit the suspected intruder in the back, chest, stomach and legs.
The officer said that Finley hit him with a metal pole. Regardless, Finley's family and friends are saying that Toomey went too far.
"He was a Native American young man who was basically murdered by an off-duty police officer," family friend Phillip Yenyo said.