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VIDEO: Huber Heights officer placed on leave, found to use excessive force during arrest

Published: Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 4:19 PM

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A veteran Huber Heights police officer on administrative leave after an investigation found the officer used excessive force during a December arrest has been named.

K-9 Officer Michael Reckner was placed on leave while the department opened an investigation after a woman complained of arm pain after a Dec. 20 arrest, Police Chief Mark Lightner said.

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“The facts of the incident revealed the treatment of the arrestee was not in compliance with division policies, and the amount of force used in the incident was more than reasonably necessary for the circumstances,” Lightner said in the release.

Huber Heights police released cruiser camera footage of the incident that led to the investigation Friday afternoon.

The incident began with two Huber Heights police officers assisting a motorist in the 4300 block of Taylorsville Road. Officers, both in two marked Huber Heights police cruisers, had their overhead lights activated while helping the stranded motorist, police said. 

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“While on the scene, a driver approached from the opposite direction, crossed over the centerline and struck an officer in his leg,” Lightner said in the release. “The driver failed to stop and nearly struck the second officer as they left the scene.” 

Police pursued the vehicle until it came to a stop in the 4500 block of Taylorsville Road where driver, Renee Shippy, 50, of Huber Heights, was taken into custody. Police noted Shippy appeared intoxicated, had difficulty speaking and standing, and was taken to police headquarters for processing, Lightner said. 

Shippy was charged with OVI, driving left of center and a hit skip charge.  She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shippy complained of an arm injury and was taken to a medical facility for evaluation. Police said because of the injury, a shift supervisor began a review of the incident. 

A police report from the incident revealed Shippy suffered a broken arm.

An internal investigation was launched and later found the officer was in violation of the department’s rules for courtesy, treatment of persons in custody, and use of force, Lightner said. 

The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the required disciplinary process. The officer will face discipline following due process, Lightner said. 

“The City and Police Division maintain strict policies to ensure citizens are treated fairly and professionally,” Lightner said. “Any time these policies are violated, an established and competent process is followed to make sure the facts are determined, and employees are held accountable to the highest level. This incident will be no exception.”