Guilty Plea: East Cleveland police officers avoid trial, admit to beating prisoner

Guilty Plea: East Cleveland police officers avoid trial, admit to beating prisoner

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two former East Cleveland Police Officers will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to beating a prisoner.

Charged with kidnapping, felonious assault, conspiracy, obstructing official business, interfering with civil rights and dereliction of duty, Gerald Spencer and Denayne Davidson-Dixon admitted to the beating in court Monday.

Prisoner Jesse Nickerson said he was forced to get out of the police cruiser on July 24, 2016, assaulted by Davidson-Dixon and Spencer and then dragged back to the cruiser.

Davidson-Dixon and Spencer both discussed removing Nickerson's handcuffs before pulling him out of the cruiser, then both officers got out of the cruiser and took off their vests. Both officers participated in the assault by punching and kicking Nickerson multiple times before dragging him back to the cruiser.

One officer will be sentenced on May 22, the other on May 24.

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.

East Cleveland fired the officers within 36 hours of the incident.

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