Authorities on Tuesday sacked an Ohio police officer who was on paid leave for more than a year and a half after shooting a suspect accused of shoplifting in 2019.
In a letter obtained by NBC News, Beachwood Mayor Martin Horowitz wrote on Monday that the city had fired Constable Blake Rogers for violating several department policies, including those on dishonesty and the use of force. murderous in front of children.
Records showed Rogers received more than $ 90,000 for 19 months, as investigators determined whether the shooting was justified, according to CBS News affiliate 19.
The shooting took place on June 27, 2019 in a busy parking lot at a shopping mall in Beachwood, east of Cleveland, the station said. Rogers shot and injured Laquan Jones, then 19, accused of stealing a $ 60 hat at Dillard’s, according to the station.
Jones later rolled over the officer’s foot as he attempted to flee the scene, the station reported.
In October, Jones later pleaded guilty to attempted criminal assault, robbery and grand theft, Cleveland.com reported.
Later that month, a Cuyahoga County grand jury voted not to indict Rogers for Jones’ murder, the newspaper reported. The specific charges the jury voted on were unclear.
About a week later, Rogers filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Beachwood, Horwitz and Beachwood Police for deliberately delaying the investigation by almost two years in order to find just cause for his dismissal, 19 news reported.
The Town of Beachwood and the Beachwood Police Department declined to comment pending the ongoing legal battle.
Efforts to reach Rogers by phone on Tuesday failed.