Jackson officer fired over cellphone video

Therese Apel , The Clarion-Ledger Published 10:17 a.m. CT Feb. 13, 2017 | Updated 7:53 p.m. CT Feb. 13, 2017

A Jackson police officer has been relieved of his duties after a video was circulated in which it appeared he struck a handcuffed suspect with his knee.

According to a release from Jackson Police Department, Officer Justin Roberts was terminated on Monday after the video surfaced Sunday.

The release said that the actual incident occurred on Saturday. In the video, the suspect is blocked from view by another officer, but it appears that Roberts throws a knee at the man as they struggled.

Upon receiving the video, Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance initiated an internal affairs investigation to see if any policies or procedures had been violated.

The investigation was complete Monday, and revealed violations, the release stated, resulting in Roberts’ termination.



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