Akron officer pleads not guilty to downtown Cleveland beating

Akron officer pleads not guilty to downtown Cleveland beating

An Akron police officer accused of beating a man in downtown Cleveland pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Officer Adam Campbell was off-duty, leaving a black tie benefit for the Cleveland Police Scholarship Fund at the Wyndham Hotel when detectives say he and two other men jumped the victim outside.

31-year-old Steven Crupp says he was leaving the Blue Bar inside the Wyndham after the NCAA Elite 8 game  on March 29.

Crupp claims he was attacked by the three men, and ended up with six broken ribs and a broken hip.

Campbell's lawyers say Campbell only used force to defend himself after a drunken Crupp attacked him.

"He is allergic to alcohol. When he drinks, he breaks out in felonies and misdemeanors. In this incident, he was drunk and he attacked our client," said Campbell's attorney Brian Pierce. "He's a convicted felon that has a history of assaulting law enforcement officers. This is just another in a long line of incidents he's had throughout his life that end with alcohol and violence."

Officer Campbell is on unpaid leave right now. Cleveland Police have not made any other arrests in the case.

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