Cleveland man in Euclid police beating video is ‘happy’ charges were dropped

November 17, 2017 GMT

Cleveland man in Euclid police beating video is ‘happy’ charges were dropped

EUCLID, Ohio -- The Cleveland man beaten and manhandled by a Euclid police officer in a video that went viral said he feels vindicated after a city judge dismissed criminal charges against his girlfriend and him three months after the violent encounter.

“I’m still suffering through the pain and anxiety the officer put me through,” Richard Hubbard III said during a Thursday evening press conference. “I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m happy that he’s off the force and everything, and I’m happy all the charges were dropped. That’s the main thing.”

Special prosecutor Sara Fagnilli on Monday filed motions to dismiss the charges against Hubbard and his girlfriend Yolimar Tirado from the Aug. 12 incident with officer Michael Amiott. Judge Deborah A. LeBarron granted the motions the next day, Euclid Municipal Court records show, citing it “was the appropriate thing” to do at this time.

Hubbard’s attorney, Christopher McNeal, requested the charges be dropped Oct. 5.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means prosecutors could re-file later.

McNeal, who is the process of investigating the possibility of a civil lawsuit against Euclid, said Hubbard and Tirado “were victimized in the most heinous, egregious and public manner.”

“We need to be concerned about his (Hubbard) mental and psychological well-being, so I want to make sure that I exercise my full capacity to make him whole as fast as I can,” he added.

Hubbard, 25, was slammed to the ground and punched multiple times by Amiott The incident was captured on video by a bystander and quickly went viral.

Mayor Kristen Holzheimer Gail fired Amiott on two days before he was set to return to duty due violating a number of police department rules.

Amiott was suspended following the incident with Hubbard.

The former officer was accused of using excessive force at least two other times this year, although no formal complaints were filed, a police spokesman said last month. Federal authorities are monitoring an investigation related to him.

Amiott has been disciplined before for losing his temper, losing evidence and hitting a suspect with his gun, according to records in his personnel file. The Mentor Police Department allowed Amiott to resign in 2014 after he conducted a traffic stop without probable cause and lied about it, records show.

As far as Hubbard, he wants to put this behind situation behind him for now and enjoy the holidays.

“I’m tired of seeing myself get beat up,” he said regarding the captured video. “I’m tired of reliving that day.”

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