Officer Criminally Charged For Winning Fight In Viral Video

Euclid Police Officer Michael Amiott returned to the force after an arbitrator determined he was fired without cause.

Euclid, OH – A Euclid police officer who got his job back after being fired for delivering body strikes during a fight with a combative suspect has been charged with multiple offenses in connection with that altercation.

Officer Michael Amiott was fired by Euclid Mayor Kirsten Gail in October of 2017, two months after the brawl with 25-year-old Richard Hubbard.

One year later, an arbitrator ruled that the city “did not have just cause to terminate” him, and also awarded him back pay, WJW reported at the time.

Officer Amiott returned to work at the Euclid Police Department (EPD), and has had no disciplinary issues since he resumed his law enforcement career, according to WJW.

He has also received additional training, and has done well since his return, according to his department.

On Tuesday, special prosecutor Dominic Vitantonio filed charges against Officer Amiott, alleging that he used “unreasonable and/or excessive force” against Hubbard back in 2017, according to court documents.

The officer faces one count of interfering with civil rights, and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

"We are aware the Special Prosecutor initiated misdemeanor criminal charges against Patrolman Amiott for the incident that occurred with Richard Hubbard in August of 2017,” the EPD said in a statement to WJW.

"In light of the charges, Patrolman Amiott is being assigned to administrative duties during the pendency of the matter,” the statement continued. "We have no additional comment on the pending case."

The Euclid Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) released a statement defending Officer Amiott, and noted that he did nothing more than what was necessary to protect himself and to subdue and apprehend the combative suspect.

“Officer Amiott was attempting to effect a lawful arrest and the suspect resisted,” the FOP said. “Officer Amiott, who was injured in the encounter, took the measures that he reasonably believed to be necessary to effect the arrest and protect himself from further harm.”

The incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2017, when Euclid police stopped Hubbard for a traffic violation, according to WKYC.

Hubbard’s driver’s license was suspended and officers ordered him out of his vehicle so that he could be placed under arrest.

After stepping out of the car, Hubbard pulled his arm away from the officer and began to resist arrest, dashcam footage showed.

Cell phone footage, which did not capture the events that led up to the fight, showed officers as they struggled with Hubbard in the roadway.

The officers tried to pin the combative man face-down on the pavement, but Hubbard was able to roll onto his back, the video showed.

The video showed Hubbard with his hand on one officer’s waist near his gun, and Officer Amiott responded by throwing some hits to Hubbard’s face. While still fighting, Hubbard argued that he didn’t have a gun and that he wasn’t reaching toward his waistband.

The officers were able to pin Hubbard’s left arm to the ground, but as they began to roll him onto his stomach, Hubbard pulled his arm back towards himself.

Officer Amiott delivered several more strikes to the suspect’s face and head, and was able to gain control of Hubbard’s right wrist a moment later.

Additional officers arrived at the scene and helped to hold the suspect face-down until he was secured in handcuffs.

A woman seen screaming at the officers throughout the video was also placed in handcuffs.

Hubbard was charged with driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest, WJW reported. He was evaluated for bruising before being booked.

He showed up to court wearing a neck brace, and the charges against him were later dropped.

Officer Amiott was initially suspended for 15 days by the department for excessive use of force, and another 30-day suspension was later added, WKYC reported.

On Oct. 13, 2017, Gail announced that she had received “further complaints regarding Amiott’s professional conduct,” and fired him altogether, according to WKYC.

Officer Amiott was hired by the EPD in 2014, after having “struggled” to “meet department standards” during his time at the Mentor Police Department (MPD), Mentor Police Chief Kevin Knight told WKYC.

Chief Knight said the officer “separated” from the MPD after less than a year.

During his time with the EPD, Officer Amiott was also accused of using excessive force against a 16-year-old girl and a Euclid city worker, WKYC reported.

According to WJW, the arbitrator determined that the city failed to use a gradual increase in discipline with Officer Amiott in the wake of Hubbard’s arrest.

The arbitrator upheld Officer Amiott’s removal from the department’s SWAT team, and ordered that he undergo 80 hours of use-of-force training.

Gail said she was disappointed to learn of the arbitrator’s ruling, but said she would not appeal the decision.

"Policing has to be effective and perceived to be effective by all members of the community,” the mayor said, according to WJW. “Our goal remains to continuously upgrade and improve the Euclid Police Department."

"Since Patrolman Amiott’s termination in October 2017, the EPD implemented new programs such as the use of force review committee; enhanced training in areas such as community relations, de-escalation techniques, procedural justice, implicit bias; and increased proactive community engagement efforts,” she added.

Hubbard’s attorney, Christopher McNeal, blasted the arbitrator’s decision and has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city on his client’s behalf.

“These bad police officers not only threaten minority communities, but they impugn the integrity of the badge,” McNeal railed.

"The mayor of Euclid took decisive action and expelled this roguish, unfit police officer and yet here we are with these unelected officials, these sycophant bootlickers, who are the enemies of justice,” he added, according to WKYC.

"I just want justice,” Hubbard said. “A charge, jail time or something for real because this ain’t gonna work.”

“It’s just crazy, how, like, how can you go through the whole the whole process and just fire an officer and give him his job back?” he told WJW.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a travel warning for the city of Euclid as news of Officer Amiott’s reinstatement spread, WKYC reported.

You can watch the Euclid officers’ encounter with Hubbard in the dash camera and cell phone videos below. NOTE: Multiple videos, scroll down for more:

Comments (67)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Emirius Spencer after the patented "Amiott Treatment":

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Play stupid games, Win stupid Prizes. He won thos Prizes. Dumbass.

JBo
JBo

"The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a travel warning for the city of Euclid..."

Have they issued one for Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, ad nauseam...etc?

Ron1617
Ron1617

When will the privileged do what a Police Officer asks and more than likely get a summons or released.

shooter
shooter

The War on Cops continues, unabated.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Another groid Dindu fights the cops and somehow it's the fault of the police. Do your job...get charged with a crime, because you were forced to deal with some stupid Dindu. Gutless prosecutors, gutless chiefs, gutless mayors all bending to the loudmouthed race baiters. Here's a tip black people....STOP BREAKING THE LAW....there, problem solved.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"He showed up to court wearing a neck brace, and the charges against him were later dropped." Why did they drop the charges? If you threaten to sue, your crimes don't matter because DAs will just drop the charges?

Newsflash: if you drop the charges, it makes everyone look bad, and the criminal is still going to sue for that ghetto paycheck.... you just gave him more ammunition because you didn't convict him of the crime that he committed.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is bullshit. I guess criminals these days can do whatever they want and if they get hurt, it’s the police’s fault? These fools don’t know the meaning of “comply”. If they did just that then a lot of them wouldn’t be dead. I’m pretty sure, if you just listened to what the police say, you’d probably won’t get “injured”. Police have rules, the criminals don’t, so police “react” the criminals actions. And this prosecutor is a fucking idiot also.

RunCop
RunCop

The pussy special prosecutor gets on his knees for the black liberals and DemoRats...

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Don’t listen, fight a police Officer suffer the consequences PERIOD

tfort
tfort

Couldn’t cut it at a previous department (less than one year). Multiple complaints about excessive force. Fired and only got his job back due to abartraitors decision on how he was fired, not because he performed legally.

This guy needs to go and stay gone.

Angryleprechaun
Angryleprechaun

That doesn't even come close to excessive force! Maybe the "special prosecutor" should wrestle that guy before he makes a determination. Glad I've done my 30 and am out. Shameful...

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

I suppose I should have been fired and arrested a couple times over my 27 years on the job. Anyone who has spent any time wearing a badge has been at least one incident similar to this. HawaiiBlue is right it's bullshit.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Are the city administrators butt buddies of Obama?

Janken
Janken

These people dont want to take orders from police. They think they are above the law. Its tiring how they call that racist

Andvari
Andvari

This is a local story for me. I am familiar with the area and a couple of the officers. This case is a touchy one. I have seen the video back when it happened. You have to question the actions of both parties. I have to side with the officer, but had it been me I would have used the tazer. I have one simple rule with officers as I have had encounters in my life. Answer yes sir or no sir. No matter how angry the officer gets ALWAYS be polite and do as the officer says. My last comment is because you can argue until you are blue in the face, if you keep your composure you will have your day in court instead of going to jail. I know of this officer and other cops say he really is a good man and a good officer. I believe he got a raw deal due to public opinion.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Any use of force against the screaming emotional fellas and lovely ladies is considered "essessive" force. But, I have watched hundreds of videos of 'them' stomping on peoples heads.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Black people are not above the law.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This is what happens when politics cloud the judgement of elected officials, and members of special groups are involved.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Human nature- What is it about human nature and the repetitious poor black response to their being pulled over for a traffic violation by a LEO? If that driver has done something against the law and it warrants the attention of a LEO then the driver needs to think logically , control his/her emotions, and simply comply with instructions. If they feel that strongly that they wish to contest the traffic stop situation / citation / arrest then the driver will have a later day in court to do so. Signing a citation is not an admission of guilt. It is simply an acknowledgement of the receipt of the citation. A common black response from the driver is an inability to comply, maintain composure , follow directions and do as instructed. If a poor defiant attitude ,or worse yet, physical resistance is added to the interaction then what exactly does that driver think will happen as a result? Answer- the interaction will only get much worse, the resulting consequences will only get worse and they will lose more than they bargained for . They could lose their license , insurance, their vehicle, a possible potential short term incarceration, time away from work to defend themselves in court, lawyer's fees, court costs, ....it goes on to some even losing their lives. A defiant attitude , acting out on emotion, a low level of maturity , a refusal to think about future consequences, all add up to a level of ignorance that most others would think almost unimaginable. Yet this occurs on a too regular basis in the inner city community. What is so difficult about this to figure out? If the respondent uses "race" as a justification for their own defiance and poor behaviors then the outcome will still be the same. "Race" may or may not be a factor in why they are stopped as it has and does happen...... but the percentage of likelihood for a traffic stop based upon race is not as high as the driver may think and it could just be completely in one's own imagination. Making a complaint about the ticket or traffic stop will get some of these drivers out of trouble, but many more will "win the battle but lose the war" as the same repeat personal behaviors will eventually catch up whether today or 6 mos from now. "Comply" is the word of the day. If you don't then at least take personal responsibility for your own actions. If not then don't cry the blues when poor behaviors finally catch up.

BLACKLIFESMATTER
BLACKLIFESMATTER

Hey, just so everyone is aware, Emirius Spencer was arrested by officers working off duty at his own apartment complex. Spencer was seen knocking on his neighbor's door, but his neighbors weren't home. The officers thought Spencer looked suspicious. After a pat down based on that suspicion (pat down is unwarranted in this situation because there is no probable cause to necessitate a pat down), Spencer was found to have a blunt paper on his person with what officers suspected to be weed. The substance was never confirmed as being weed. If it had been, it was a negligible amount, not enough to be illegal in Ohio. Officers claim that Spencer was resisting arrest. Spencer was arrested after the pat down. Spencer stood in his place and asked several times why he was being arrested. When the officers refused to tell Spencer why they were arrested him, he straightened his arm at his side, which the officers perceived as resisting arrest. Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, section 2921.33(A), "No person, recklessly or by force, shall resist or interfere with a lawful arrest of the person or another." This Ohio Statute does not apply because the arrest was not lawful, as Spencer did not break the law. In addition, straightening one's arm is not resistance or interference. Emirius Spencer's treatment by the officers was unlawful and unnecessary.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

As I am sure that many on this board know, trial is set for 20 November 2019 on two misdemeanor charges. I wonder if they will pack the courtroom with uniforms, and also whether the judges will let the LEO spectators bring their firearms into the courtroom.

pixiepup
pixiepup

I didn’t even finish watching the video. As soon as I saw how he started to fight the police, he deserved whatever he got! The police officer should not have got in trouble for this!