Suspect involved in Columbus Police "kicking video" now charged with spitting on officer
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
A Columbus man who became the center of a viral video last year, that showed a Columbus Police officer allegedly kicking him while being arrested, is now accused of spitting on an officer.
DeMarko Anderson, 27, was taken into custody early Friday morning after people reported a man was wandering around North High Street near the Ohio State campus, hitting strangers and claiming he had a gun.
"He made threats, being very confrontational," said one witness who did not want to be identified. "He was literally bothering people on High Street, hitting people as they came out of the bar."
Franklin County Municipal Court documents state Anderson began striking a Big Bar employee while he was being escorted out the premises shortly before 2 AM and then began punching and assaulting patrons while they were leaving the business.
Charging documents go on to say Anderson became confrontational with officers while they were attempting to handcuff Anderson, who became hostile while trying to free himself from police.
At one point, four officers had to put Anderson on the ground in order to handcuff him. Police say they did find a weapon on Anderson.
"He wasn't cooperative," said the witness. "He wasn't listening, wasn't answering questions, was very aggressive."
While in the rear of a CPD Wagon, Anderson started kicking and banging his head against the vehicle. At 2:18 AM when an officer opened the back of the door, Anderson spit directly into his face and into his right eye.
It's not the first time Anderson has gotten into a confrontation with police. Last April, Anderson was seen in a cell phone video that was posted on social media that showed Columbus Police Officer Zachary Rosen appearing to kick Anderson while he was being pursued for shooting up a house and assaulting an officer.
City Hall fired Rosen a few months later, but the Fraternal Order of Police is now appealing the decision to get Rosen re-instated.
Anderson now faces new charges after Friday morning's arrest that include, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and spitting on an officer.
Anderson's attorney's had no comment to ABC 6/FOX 28 about the newest charges, telling us they did not know about the arrest until we contracted them
Anderson was out on bond awaiting trial for charges related to his April 2017 arrest. He was scheduled to go on trial next month.