Wayne County officer resigns
A Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy resigned after he was accused of using excessive force on a mentally ill woman, according to the sheriff's office.
WOOSTER, Ohio - A Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy resigned after he was accused of using excessive force on a mentally ill woman, according to the sheriff's office.
The incident, involving former deputy Ryan Peterman, happened on June 15.
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According to the sheriff's office, Peterman and another deputy were responding to a home in Marshallville after an intoxicated woman admitted she would attempt suicide.
Peterman's body camera captured the entire incident.
You can watch footage captured in the video player above
The nearly 15-minute raw video shows Peterman dragging the woman out of the home by her ankles after she refused to cooperate with law enforcement.
After the department reviewed the deputy's body camera footage, he was relieved of all duties and given a pre-disciplinary notice.
"I felt that his representation of the office was not the high standards that we expect and demand," Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said.
Peterman resigned from the department on June 26.
Hutchinson said the department didn't receive any complaints from the woman involved or other citizens before taking action.
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"We hold our officers accountable of any misconduct," Hutchinson added.
Prior to the incident, Hutchinson said Peterman never had any write-ups or issues with the department in his four years of employment.
Peterman isn't out of a job, though.
He was recently hired as a road deputy at the Holmes County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly, Peterman will be sworn in on Thursday.
Peterman worked as a corrections officer at the Holmes County Sheriff's Office from 2007-2011.
Zimmerly told newsnet5.com on Monday that he's aware of the excessive force incident.
"He was a good employee when he was here the first time," Zimmerly said. "I don't foresee any issues with him in the future."
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