Euclid officer found guilty of assault and civil rights violation
EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - A Euclid Municipal Court jury found Police officer Michael Amiott guilty of assaulting and interfering with a man’s civil rights during a 2017 traffic stop.
He was charged with three misdemeanors: two counts of assault and one count of interfering with civil rights.
Amiott will be sentenced at a later date, according to a Euclid Municipal Court clerk.
In August of 2017, Amiott pulled over Richard Hubbard after his vehicle license plate showed to be registered to a person with a suspended driving license.
Amiott claims Hubbard resisted arrest, leading to a physical altercation and punches thrown by Amiott.
It took three officers to eventually subdue Hubbard and get him in handcuffs.
The incident was caught on camera and sparked national outrage.
Hubbard filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Euclid, and the parties eventually settled in April of 2021.
Amiott was initially suspended and then fired by the mayor of Euclid before an arbitrator overturned the decision.
He was re-instated to the force, but was placed on administrative duties when charges were filed against him.
Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer released a statement following the verdict:
“With regard to the recent court ruling in the Officer Michael Amiott trial, I believe it is important that the process was allowed to reach its ultimate conclusion in the court of law and not the court of public opinion. It is my hope that this decision can start to bring closure to all of the parties affected by this five-year long process. The dedicated and hard-working men and women of the Euclid Police Department continue to serve honorably and selflessly during an extremely challenging time for our society and our profession. The Euclid Police Department will move forward and continue to serve our community with impartiality and transparency.”
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