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Council votes to fire New Miami Police Chief

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- An embattled police department is now without its chief, but he says the battle isn't over yet.

The village council voted 5-1 to fire Police Chief Kenneth Cheek.  The council found that Cheek used excessive force on a suspect who was in custody in 2012.  And that he didn't investigate one of his officers when he was using excessive force in that same incident.

The council made this decision after hearing testimony Tuesday night from a Fairfield police officer who assisted with that arrest.  She told the council Chief Cheek choked the suspect when he wouldn't calm down.  She also said another New Miami Auxiliary officer hit that suspect after he ran away.

But Chief Cheek said he didn't know his officer hit the man and he denied choking him.

The Butler County Sheriff's office has been responding for calls for service in New Miami for several weeks because the village hasn't been able to get insurance to cover the police department.  This has been going on since the suspect in the incident with former Chief Cheek filed a lawsuit against the police department.  The suit was settled last year.

One council member believes now that Cheek is gone the village will be able to get insurance for its police department.  The council hopes to get the department back up and running as soon as possible. 

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