Man accuses Warren officer of excessive force

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WARREN, Ohio (WYTV ) – A Warren man has filed an excessive force complaint against a police detective during an arrest last week.

In the April 22 complaint, Frederick Dengg, 24, reports that Detective David Weber bashed him against a tree and fence and then threw him to the ground, where he punched him in the face, neck and back. Dengg said while on the ground he complained about shards of glass cutting him, but the officer deliberately grinded him into the glass, requiring him to get 10 staples to close the wound.

According to police, Dengg had to be chased down by the officer after he ran away after a traffic stop on Belvedere Street S.E. on April 21 while officers were trying to get his information.

“What our policy calls for is that the officer is notified he has a chance to contact his union representative or an attorney if he chooses to. He has a week to prepare to meet with the internal affairs office and give his statement as to what occurred,” Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said. “There is not a lot of complaints that come in like this. Our department has gotten much better in terms of use of force issues. We have training yearly and use of force is a big part of that training.”

Dengg is charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He also is facing theft charges out of Bazetta Township after police said he stole a dog from a car in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

We tried to contact Dengg, but he hung up on us.


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