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Secession investigation concludes

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The debate started when a pair of Lima police officers trying to arrest a pregnant woman on outstanding warrants was caught on cell phone video. The debate started when a pair of Lima police officers trying to arrest a pregnant woman on outstanding warrants was caught on cell phone video.
NAACP President Ron Fails says Lima police have a credibility issue within the African-American community. NAACP President Ron Fails says Lima police have a credibility issue within the African-American community.

Lima police have finished their investigation into the arrest of a pregnant woman caught on phone camera. Some say officers used excessive force, but the city's top cop says that never happened. Our Jeff Cook has more on the controversial decision.

The issue started when a pair of Lima police officers trying to arrest a pregnant woman on outstanding warrants was caught on cell phone video. Police say she was resisting arrest so they had to get a little rough, but Chief Kevin Martin says they did not use excessive force. 32-year-old Kenyatta Secession claims the cops pushed her on her stomach, and put their knees in her back even though she told them she was pregnant.

The local NAACP called for an independent party, not the Lima Police Department, to conduct the investigation. NAACP President Ron Fails says Lima police have a credibility issue within the African-American community.

Chief Martin says they tried multiple times to contact Kenyatta Secession to get her side of the story, but were not able to track her down. One of the officers was suspended for three days without pay for failing to follow department procedure, when it comes to the use of body mics. A second officer received a verbal reprimand.

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