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Put-in-Bay police officer indicted for allegedly trying to cover up excessive force incident

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 12:29:56-04

A Put-in-Bay police officer has been indicted on federal excessive force and obstruction charges for allegedly hitting a man he arrested and then trying to cover it up by falsifying reports.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, El'Shawn Williams, 28, allegedly injured a man he arrested when he punched him several times in the head and body. 

Later, when Williams typed up his report about the incident he "minimized the force he used and failed to disclose that he struck the victim after the victim was restrained by another officer," authorities said.

Williams was later interviewed by an Ottawa County detective but denied punching the victim.

If convicted, Williams could face up to 10 years in prison on the excessive force charge and up to 20 years in prison for each obstruction charge.