WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Warren police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing, and the man who accused him of using excessive force during an arrest is behind bars.
Fredrick Dengg, 24, of Warren, was arraigned Thursday by video from the Trumbull County Jail on charges of filing a false police report and receiving stolen property after the completion of a thorough internal investigation.
Dengg had filed a complaint against Warren Police Detective David Weber after he was arrested in April. The complaint alleged 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.
A witness who saw the ordeal told investigators that is not what happened.
“When you fabricate it from start to finish and we can prove that in court, then that is the consequence of it. It is a crime to do that,” Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said.
These new charges were filed against Dengg on Wednesday. He was already in the Trumbull County Jail on charges from an unrelated incident.