UPDATE: Addyston cop is sued for misconduct
ADDYSTON, OH (FOX19) - Tiffany Becker has filed a federal lawsuit against an Addyston police officer for roughing her up during a routine traffic stop on Feb. 10. In the suit, Becker alleges that part-time officer Jeremie Keene wrongfully yanked her out of her van and threw her to the ground.
A video from inside the police cruiser showed an officer approaching her vehicle, saying something to her, grabbing her and pulling her out of the vehicle. He then took her to the ground.
Cop: "Get out of the car and do it now. Do it now. Get out of the car and do it now. Stop fighting with me," said Keene in the video. "Understood?"
"Oh my God. Oh my God," said Becker in the video.
"I was complying with what he said", claimed Tiffany Becker. "I was unlocking my door. I was going to get out of the car but I didn't even have a chance to unbuckle my seatbelt before he was yanking me. After that I was just yanked to the ground. After that he put his knee in my back and he radioed that I was resisting arrest and it was so ridiculous and the thing that upsets me the most is that my 4-year-old had to see this."
Becker says this is the first time she's had a run-in with an officer. All the charges have been dropped.
"As an attorney I want my client to be compensated and rightfully so", said Carl Lewis, who filed the suit Friday. "She wants Officer Keene to be removed from the police force, but does not want him to be removed and then to keep his law certification and to go work for some other police station. She does not want this man to have the authority over anyone as a law enforcement officer."
FOX19 legal analyst and former Cincinnati officer Mike Allen agreed, "The officer could've waited for backup, could've attempted to persuade her." When asked if what happened to Becker was excessive force, Allen said, "In looking at the video I think you could perhaps make a strong case for that."
FOX19 has learned that Jeremy Keene has resigned rather than face criminal charges. The special prosecutor tells us that Keene agreed to quit and never work as a cop in Addyston again. The driver, Tiffany Becker, has filed lawsuit against the Village of Addyston.
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