CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland police officer is accused of attacking a lady and having her arrested beneath false pretenses.
Sgt. Christopher Graham, 38, is charged with assault, illegal restraint, each first-diploma misdemeanors. Graham was arrested on Thursday. Cleveland Municipal Decide Ronald Adrine set a private bond for Graham.
Graham, who was employed as an officer in 1996, shall be arraigned Friday.
Graham has twice been the topic of civil lawsuits filed by individuals who accused him of comparable conduct. Each lawsuits resulted in money settlements, and Graham was allowed to return to the road.
The newest incident occurred Sept. 12 on the Sunoco fuel station on Lorain Street close to West 136th Road, in line with courtroom data.
Graham attacked the lady, had her arrested and booked into the town jail on a cost of assaulting a police officer, courtroom data say. He filed a false police report that led to the lady being charged with a felony, in line with courtroom data.
Courtroom data don’t say what provoked the assault. Cleveland police officers haven’t responded to messages Thursday in search of extra info relating to the incident.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Affiliation President Steve Loomis didn’t instantly reply to a telephone name looking for remark.
Graham twice has been the topic of lawsuits filed by individuals who accused him of abusing his police energy.
In 2003, he had two patrolmen arrest his then-stay-in-girlfriend on a trespassing cost after an argument although the lady lived at the Oak Park Avenue residence.
The town settled that lawsuit for $14,000.
Two years later, Graham issued a person a visitors quotation shortly after arguing with him over a parking spot outdoors a espresso store within the metropolis’s Collinwood neighborhood.
The 2 argued once more and Graham informed him: “You are assaulting me.” The 2 fought and the person initially slipped away from Graham and ran.
Graham chased him down contained in the espresso store, tackled him and cracked him on the again of the top together with his metallic flashlight. He then threw the person right into a rack of espresso mugs, which fell to the bottom and shattered, and beat him once more over the top together with his flashlight, till he bled, in line with the lawsuit.
The person stated the officer pinned him to the ground with a knee in his chest and his arms round his neck till different officers arrived.
Graham handcuffed and arrested the person on fees of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
He was taken by…