EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) – Jurors in Euclid Municipal Court have reached a verdict Friday in the case of Euclid police Officer Michael Amiott.
Amiott was found guilty of one count of assault and one count of interfering with civil rights. He was found not guilty of one count of assault.
Jurors received the case shortly after noon Friday, about 30 minutes after attorneys for both sides presented closing arguments.
Special Prosecutor Dominic Vitantonio told jurors that “the evidence is there” and believed jurors should’ve found Amiott guilty of all of the charges.
Amiott’s attorney, Kim Corral, however, stressed Amiott acted as any “reasonable” officer would in the situation. She believed Amiott should’ve be found not guilty.
The jurors had been listening to testimony in Amiott’s case for four days.
Amiott’s charges stem from the August 2017 arrest of Richard Hubbard III.
Video of the arrest shows Amiott kicking and punching Hubbard.
Amiott testified during the trial that Hubbard was stopped on traffic violations and resisted arrest. Amiott also stated that at one point during the arrest he felt Hubbard was reaching for his gun belt.
Hubbard maintained he was stopped because of his race. He also testified that he did not fight back during the arrest.