Charges dropped against man allegedly assaulted by 2 East Cleveland officers

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Jesse Nickerson

CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday dismissed criminal charges filed against a man who says two East Cleveland officers beat him so badly he had to be taken to the hospital.

Jesse Nickerson told the FOX 8 I-Team exclusively Tuesday  he thought he was going to die on July 26 when the officers assaulted him.  The officers were fired a few days after the alleged assault.

Nickerson faced four charges, including tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

According to the court’s website, charges were dismissed following a pretrial Wednesday morning. His attorney W. Scott Ramsey said the charges should never have been filed and he is glad they are now dismissed.

“Jesse can now concentrate on getting better,” Ramsey said.

Nickerson said he wants the two fired officers to face criminal charges. He said he suffered injuries to his head, back and knees.

He said the officers assaulted him while handcuffed and pushed him down a hill at Forest Hill Park.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.