Westlake police detective Robert Toth acquitted

Posted at 8:31 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 20:31:06-05

A Westlake Police officer who was indicted for use of excessive force on an arrested suspect and attempting to cover up the incident was acquitted in court Thursday, the United States Department of Justice reported. 

Toth, 42, of North Olmsted, was indicted on one count of excessive use of force and two counts of obstruction.

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Westlake Police said Toth, who joined the force in 1992, was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the indictment.

The indictment accused Toth of causing “bodily injury” to a person only identified as T.A. on or about April 24, 2014 while serving as a police officer.

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Toth was also accused in the indictment of knowingly falsifying a document between April 25, 2014, and May 1, 2015, in connection with the official arrest report of T.A.

The indictment said Toth falsified the document “with the intent to impede, obstruct and influence the investigation.”

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Toth was accused of providing false information to a federal official on May 3, 2015 in connection with the arrest of T.A.