Franklin Township officer accused of kicking suspect has been in trouble before

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Franklin Township police officer Rob Wells has been in trouble before.

Wells was placed on administrative leave this week after a cell phone video surfaced that appears to show him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.  

Wells’ attorney Mark Collins says he expects to hear something early next week from township officials regarding Wells employment status.

Wells employment history, as maintained by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, showed he has worked for nine different departments over 23 years.

His longest stint was with the Pataskala Police Dept – a position from which he was fired in 2002.

Wells was dismissed after he was caught beating a handcuffed suspect. 

T.J. Lucas says he remembers it well. Lucas, the son of a police officer, was 18 and intoxicated when he was arrested by Pataskala police officers Joseph Mullins and Rob Wells.

Lucas says when he asked to speak to a supervisor, Mullins picked him up by the handcuffs and dropped him face first on the ground. “And here comes Wells coming out of right field – hit me with his elbow, hit me with his fists in my head, my whole left side of my face looked like hamburger,” Lucas told NBC4.

“I can remember him saying stop resisting, stop resisting. I’m like I’m not resisting. How can I resist. I’m in handcuffs.”

The incident was recorded on the dashcam of the police cruiser. Both officers were fired. 

Lucas filed a federal lawsuit against the city citing excessive and unnecessary force. The case was settled out of court.

The employment record of Wells shows that even after being fired by Pataskala, he has worked for 6 different police departments – mostly part-time

T.J. Lucas says he is amazed that Wells was allowed to keep working in law enforcement. He says he now feels a bond with Anthony Foster. “I feel really bad for this guy,” Lucas said. “I know exactly where he is right now – exactly how he feels.”

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