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Officer charged with assault after suspect hit by police car

Jul 12, 2018

An officer who authorities say ran over a man who was fleeing police in southwestern Michigan has been charged with assault.

The Benton Harbor officer was suspended and then fired after his superiors reviewed dash cam footage of the incident, according to WBND.
Credit Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

The Berrien County prosecutor's office says Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety officers were investigating a possible stolen lawn mower about 1:45 a.m. May 10 when they came upon a man who was riding a bike without a light.

The prosecutor's office says the man dropped the bike and ran before Steven Johnson, who no longer works for the department, intentionally hit him with a squad car.

WBND-TV reports defense lawyer Marc Curtis says Johnson didn't mean to hit the man.

Investigators reviewed police car video and body camera footage. The 51-year-old Sturgis man was arraigned Wednesday. The man who fled pleaded guilty to charges including resisting police.