Man at center of violent arrest appears in court

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EUCLID -- The Fox 8 I-TEAM says the man at the center of a violent arrest caught on video was in court this morning after a judge earlier this week denied his motion to have his case dismissed.

Attorney Christopher McNeal, who represents Richard Hubbard III, said he planned to discuss the case with the judge and a special prosecutor who has been appointed to handle the case.

Hubbard, who faces charges of resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, is expected back for another hearing in October.

Officer Michael Amiott , who arrested Hubbard, has been suspended without pay for 45 days.

Police said Hubbard resisted, but internal investigators found officer Amiott used too much force. They also found he pulled the car over because of where the driver had stopped at a traffic light. And records show police brass had told patrol officers not to make traffic stops based on that reason.

Amiott was forced to resign from the Mentor Police Department for lying about the reason he made a traffic stop.

Last month, an angry crowd swarmed Euclid City Hall protesting the violent arrest, as well as the shooting and killing of a man by Euclid Police.

The I-TEAM has found 12 citizen complaints have been filed against Euclid Police this year, and 3 have been "founded" or justified.

Meantime, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley's office is taking a hard look at Amiott. O'Malley said, "We have discussed the issues involving this officer with the US Attorney's office, and the investigation is ongoing."

The NAACP wants officer Amiott fired, and the group also wants the feds to review the Euclid Police Department.

Continuing coverage.

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