The Euclid NAACP has issued a travel advisory after the city reinstated a police officer who was fired after a violent arrest went viral in 2017.
The NAACP said this is a precautionary measure against further police misconduct, abuse and violations of civil rights.
Euclid NAACP President Cassandra McDonald released the following statement:
“The Euclid NAACP is advising travelers, particularly those of color to proceed with caution when driving through the municipality of Euclid, Ohio. We suggest that you remain aware of your surroundings. Likewise, if you are stopped and approached by police officers, do not make sudden moves, keep your hands visible and your insurance and license within arm’s reach. Make a mental note of the officer’s badge and/or car number and the approximate time of the stop. If asked to get out of the vehicle keep your hands up and comply.”
Officer Michael Amiott will get his job back with the Euclid Police Department after an arbitrator ruled in his favor Monday.
Amiott was originally suspended and later fired after a video of him repeatedly punching 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III was posted to Facebook Aug. 12, 2017.
Hubbard was arrested during a traffic stop after officers ordered him out of the car and tried to take him into custody.
The video shows Amiott punching Hubbard in the face several times.
The Euclid Fraternal Order of Police said they appreciate the Mayor's respect for the process and going through the arbitration process with a neutral arbitrator.
"We expect that Officer Amiott will do his best to serve the community upon his return," Euclid FOP President Dave Trend said.
Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail said she was disappointed with the decision but respects the arbitration process and accepts the ruling.