CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Euclid police officer who was fired after video of a violent traffic stop went viral has been sued by a second man who claims the officer kicked him in the face and shocked him with a Taser during an arrest for possession of less than a gram of marijuana.
Michael Amiott’s kick left Emirius Spencer with a fractured orbital bone, then the officer cited the 29-year-old for drug possession, resisting arrest, theft for trying to grab his Taser and criminal damaging because Amiott said his sunglasses broke during the encounter, according to the lawsuit.
Spencer yelled for help just before Amiott delivered the kick, the lawsuit says.
The suit, filed Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, accuses Amiott and his partner, Shane Rivera, of using excessive force and intentionally afflicting physical and emotional distress.
Spencer, who has no prior felony criminal record, is also suing the city of Euclid, accusing it of negligence for hiring Amiott and failing to properly train and supervise him.
The suit requests at least $25,000 in damages and a chance to go before a jury.
Amiott was fired in October, two months after Chief Scott Meyer placed him on leave following the release of a cellphone video that showed Amiott striking motorist Richard Hubbard. In a statement announcing his firing, Euclid Mayor said she had received more complaints about Ambit.