Office worker alleges excessive force by Columbus police officer


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- An office worker pushed by a Columbus Police officer challenges a use of force reports narrative of his actions.

ABC 6/FOX 28 recorded video of Officer Shawn Pagniano pushing Arthur Green outside the Huntington Building September 26th.

Protesters gathered outside the building to demonstrate against Senator Rob Portman, whose office is inside. Because of a previous protest, Columbus Police were called to help secure the area.

Inside a use of force report ABC 6/FOX 28 obtained, a police supervisor's review says, "the building owner stated no one but employees were allowed on the property."

Green, a Huntington employee, said he entered a secured area outside the building to avoid protesters on the sidewalk when he was confronted by Officer Shawn Pagniano.

ABC 6/FOX 28 wanted to know what happened before the recorded push. The officer’s narrative in the use of force report said, "Officer Pagniano told listed suspect repeatedly that he could not come through the area. Listed suspect became argumentative and was shouting at Officer Pagniano and continued to try and push by."

Green said the report is full of false narratives and the officer was the aggressor.

"It seemed like he wanted an altercation instead of an explanation,” said Green.

The use of force report adds, "If Green had identified himself, there would have been no problems."

When read the report, Green argues he did identify himself when confronted by the officer.

"The officer and I both identified ourselves the same way, we both had our badges on."

The report concludes, "The pushes by Officer Pagniano are within policy requiring no further action."

Green was never arrested and allowed to walk through the secured area after building security talked with officers.

Green said he plans to contact the department’s internal affairs division to make sure his side of what happened that day is on the record.

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