Weber City officer accused of using excessive force against juvenile

Rain Smith • Jul 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM

GATE CITY — A Weber City police officer is facing charges as the result of giving a juvenile a concussion, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and more arrests in the incident are pending.

A press release from the SCSO stated that on June 27 the department received a complaint alleging that a juvenile had been “slammed on his head” multiple times by a deputy. Following an internal investigation that included interviews with the victim and witnesses, the deputy was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The SCSO said that investigators discovered that the acts were committed by Weber City police officer Nathan Kennedy. He is alleged to have “slammed” the juvenile head first into a hallway, which witnesses interpreted as an intentional act.

Along with the concussion, the juvenile reportedly received bruises and scrapes. Why police were dealing with the juvenile was not specified in the press release.

The SCSO’s investigation spurred a charge of use of excessive force against Kennedy. He reportedly “had many chances to admit his actions but failed to do so,” according to the release. Therefore, he was additionally charged with obstruction of justice.

Kennedy was arrested Wednesday night and released on $1,000 bond. The SCSO said evidence is still being reviewed, and more charges may be filed against additional individuals.

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