Des Moines Officer Fired After Kicking Suspect in the Head - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Officer Fired After Kicking Suspect in the Head

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By Ron Marasco

rmarasco@myabc5.com

 

On May 1st, the Des Moines Police Department fired 13-year veteran Collin Boone after he kicked a suspect in the head, knocking out his teeth.
 
The firing stems from an incident on February 19th.  In the early morning hours, Des Moines Police responded to a car accident involving 28 year-old Orville Hill at the intersection of Indianola and Hartford. 
 
"He became what's been described as rather excited," said police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax referring to Hill.  "He tried putting his vehicle in gear, driving away (and) was screaming and acting erratically."

Police pulled Hill out of his car.  That's when things went wrong for both Hill and Officer Boone.

"When he (Boone) arrived on scene, he did kick Mr. Hill in the head as he was being taken into custody, and that was the incident that led to his termination," said Halifax.

Halifax said actions like those Officer Boone displayed can not be tolerated within the department.

"What he did rose to an inappropriate level and we can't condone that," said Halifax.  "We can't allow that to happen."

Ironically, the city honored Officer Boone just two years earlier for his valor.  He was one of several officers who helped pull some teenage girls out of a burning car.

"And that honor was earned," said Halifax.  "We feel that strongly and I'll still say that today, but that doesn't earn you any slack when it comes to things that are inappropriate or shouldn't happen."

Police tell us Hill hired a lawyer to pursue the matter.  

We tried to obtain dash cam video, which apparently shows Boone kicking Hill, but police tell us they could not release that video because of the pending litigation.
  
When asked if Boone had been disciplined previously, Sgt. Halifax said that was a personnel matter and could not answer.
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