Akron cop guilty of assault at Playhouse Square

Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 10:48:39-04

An Akron police officer was found guilty of assault in connection to an attack at Playhouse Square last year that left another man with six broken ribs, a cracked pelvic bone and a disfigured face.

Akron officer Adam Campbell was originally facing a felonious assault charge.

Victim Steven Crupp said he was at the Wyndham hotel bar with a female friend on March 29, 2015 when Campbell started talking to that friend. 

As Crupp got up and left the hotel, Campbell jumped him. 

“Steven just wanted to enjoy the night with his dad and with his friends and have some good memories of the basketball game,” said Crupp's attorney Ian Friedman at the time. “This should not have happened.”

Campbell's attorney, Brian Pierce, said the officer was acting in self defense and used the appropriate amount of force based on the situation. 

The officer was placed on administrative leave without pay shortly after the incident. According to the police department, he is still on administrative leave at this time. 

Campbell's co-defendant was found not guilty by a jury. 

Campbell's sentencing is set for May 16.