Officer Accused Of Excessive Force Had Disciplinary Troubles
Records: Officer Was Twice Recommended For Termination
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One of four Indianapolis police officers accused of excessive force and racism in the arrest of a 15-year-old boy has a lengthy disciplinary record with the department, documents show.Four white officers were placed on administrative duty last week after an arrest earlier this month of Brandon Johnson, 15, a biracial boy.A police report said Johnson tried to incite a crowd, leading to a "riotous situation" as officers tried to arrest his younger brother.But his family said the police beat the boy, breaking his nose and chipping his teeth."They had me in cuffs and then a third officer came over and he started sliding his knee into my face," Johnson said.Departmental records show that one of the four officers involved in the arrest -- Patrolman Oliver J. Clouthier -- has been disciplined several times since 2004, and twice recommended for termination.In 2007, Clouthier was criminally charged with harassing an ex-girlfriend. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and was sentenced to probation and counseling.That year, he also demanded that doctors at an occupational health center treat an off-duty injury, records show.Clouthier was recommended for termination in both circumstances, but members of the Indianapolis Civilian Police Merit Board reduced his punishment to a six-month suspension.Clouthier was also suspended for a combined 33 days over several years for arguing with superiors, insubordination and off-duty conduct, including entering an ex-girlfriend's house without permission, records show."I would like for these officers to be off the streets," said Shantay Chandler, Johnson's mother, last week. "The police are supposed to be here to protect and serve. What they did to my son is certainly not protecting or serving."A police spokesman said on Wednesday that the department does not comment on ongoing internal investigations. Officials said Clouthier joined the police force in 2002.Chief Paul Ciesielski said last week that the department is conducting a "complete and thorough investigation into this case," and that he and Deputy Chief Leon Benjamin have met with area black ministers about the incident.