Cuyahoga County Jail supervisor fired for excessive force

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CLEVELAND– A correction officer at the Cuyahoga County Jail was fired after two incidents of excessive force.

Correction Officer Cpl. Brendan Johnson was notified of his termination in a letter on June 23.

According to the letter from Cuyahoga County human resources, Johnson used pepper foam on a female inmate’s head and face “without provaction and without giving and verbal instructions” on May 11.

“Immediately preceding the incident the inmate simply stated that she did not want to speak with you and was looking down at the floor, posing no threat to you. Your actions were abusive and unnecessary,” the letter said.

After spraying the inmate, Johnson said, “I told you I’d get you,” according to personnel records. The incident was caught on surveillance video.

While reviewing the footage, authorities found Johnson had used pepper foam on another inmate. On May 10, Johnson kicked the legs out from under a woman who was undressing, then sprayed her, the letter said.

He was placed on paid administrative leave on May 18. Johnson’s personnel file reveal previous accusations of excessive force

Cuyahoga County Jail