Yakima cop who kicked teen in buttocks used 'reasonable' force, board rules

The officer's use of force was "reasonable," a review board ruled. (KIMA-TV News photo)

YAKIMA, Wash. - A police officer who kicked a teen suspect in the buttocks while breaking up a fight at the Central Washington State Fair used "reasonable" force and will face no discipline, a review board has ruled.

Officer Ian Cole kicked the 17-year-old boy in the backside, knocking him down, after pepper spray was used to break up the fight on the evening of Sept. 23. A bystander captured the incident on video on posted it on Facebook.

According to authorities, Officer Cole kicked the suspect after he consistently refused to follow the orders of the two responding officers. A total of 15 people were involved in the fight, and two of them were arrested.

The Use of Force Review Board reached its findings after reviewing the Facebook video that went viral on social media, conducting an investigation, examining available evidence and evaluating Yakima Police Department policies.

The board also encouraged the police force to undergo additional training, including better documentation of use of force incidents to ensure it was necessary.

Interim Yakima Police Chief Gary Jones says Cole, who had been assigned to desk duty following the incident, is now back to his regular position in the Yakima Police Department's patrol division.

The Use of Force Review Board was made up of Sunnyside Police Chief Al Escalera, Ellensburg Police Captain Dan Hansberry, Heritage University’s Criminal Justice Department Chair Kim Bellamy-Thompson, Yakima Police Captain Jay Seely and Yakima Police Lieutenant Chad Stevens.

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