CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An East Cleveland officer accused of beating a man has been charged with trying to get the victim not to testify at his trial.
Officers Denayne Davidson-Dixon and Gerald Spencer are scheduled to go on trial on April 24.
The two are accused of beating suspect Jesse Nickerson July 24, 2016.
Nickerson came to our studios to tell his side of the story. He said he's scared for his life.
"I have East Cleveland police officers approaching me telling me not to go to court," said Nickerson.
Prosecutors said Nickerson was forced to get out of the police cruiser and then was assaulted by Davidson-Dixon and Spencer and then dragged back to the cruiser.
Davidson-Dixon and Spencer both discussed removing Jesse Nickerson's handcuffs before pulling him out of the cruiser, then both officers got out of the cruiser, took off their vests, took off Nickerson's handcuffs, both officers participated in the assault by punching and kicking Nickerson multiple times, and both officers participated in dragging Nickerson back to the cruiser, according to prosecutors.
East Cleveland fired the officers within 36 hours of the incident.
Nickerson said that leading up to the trial, Davidson-Dixon tried to scare him away from testifying.
"He said a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff I don't want to go into detail with, but basically just saying don't go to court. I felt scared, he even told me to go out of town," said Nickerson.
Cleveland 19 reached out to the East Cleveland Police department for additional comment.
Prosecutors have added additional charges. Davidson-Dixon is now also charged with obstructing justice and intimidation of a crime victim for allegedly threatening Nickerson.
The case against Nickerson, which included a traffic violation and four felony charges or receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, and having weapons with a disability, was dismissed in August 2016.
Cleveland 19 News will cover the upcoming trial of the officers.