Veteran Sheriff's Deputy accused of using excessive force


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SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - An investigation is underway after allegations of excessive force by a 17-year-old veteran of the Sheriff's Office.

On June 14th, Sheriff's Deputy Michael Conley responded to a fight call in Coventry Township. As he arrived, a vehicle attempted to flee with no headlights, striking Deputy Conley's cruiser. Deputy Conley received numerous injuries and four males were subsequently arrested.

During a routine investigation into the incident, an in-dash video was located in the cruiser of one of the responding deputies.The Sheriff's Office reviewed the video of the arrest. After reviewing the video, it appeared that Deputy Conley may have used excessive force during the arrest.

The video and the details of the incident were referred to the Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division and the Use of Force Committee. Both parties reviewed the facts and determined that excessive force was used during the arrest. A meeting was called with the FBI to discuss the matter and to determine if it warranted a civil rights investigation. The FBI, United States Attorney's Office, and the Department of Justice are conducting an independent investigation.

Charges will be filed Thursday in Barberton Municipal Court for two counts of misdemeanor assault. Further charges may be pending. Of the four individuals involved, two have decided to press charges and one has declined to press charges.

48-year-old Conley has been on injury leave from work since the incident, due to the injuries sustained from the automobile accident. Conley will be placed on administrative leave with pay pending the resolution of the charges and the Sheriff's Office disciplinary proceedings.

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