A Columbus police officer has been relieved of duty pending investigation of comments he made to other officers about how he would have choked a suspect who resisted arrest.
Officer Joseph Bogard, a four-year veteran, arrived on the scene after 31-year old Timothy Davis had been subdued and was in custody at a Southside convenience store September 1.
A citizens cellphone video of the arrest showed plainclothes cops pinning Davis to the ground and struggling to handcuff him. One officer punches Davis repeatedly in the back, and several used profanity during the incident.
Bogard’s voice was recorded by his body camera video in a conversation with other officers outside the store after the arrest. Although he did not take part in the arrest, he is alleged to have said he would have told the suspect “I’m going to choke the life out of you.” Police Chief Kim Jacobs says she put the officer on desk duty after hearing his comments.
Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther and City Council members issued statements Wednesday evening supporting Jacobs action and the investigation of the officer and the arrest. Ginther says the officer's words are offensive and speak for themselves.
Davis’ mother has filed an excessive force complaint with the police division.