Not Guilty: Sheriff's deputy enters not guilty plea on excessive force charges

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SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A Summit County sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to charges of using excessive force.

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.

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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