Franklin Township officer resigns after video showed suspect getting kicked in head

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A Franklin Township police officer has resigned after video surfaced that appears to show him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head.

According to attorney Mark Collins, Officer Rob Wells turned his formal resignation letter into Franklin Township Sunday night.

Video shows a detained suspect on the ground being held by another officer when a second officer walks up and appears to kick the suspect in the head. The video, which was posted to Twitter early Wednesday morning, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

The suspect in the video is 18-year-old Anthony Foster Jr.

Foster’s attorney Joseph Landusky says the video appears to show his client already in handcuffs and facedown on the ground when the officer approaches him.

“He seems to walk nonchalantly and then at the very last second decides to kick his head like a football,” Landusky said.

“From viewing that we can all judge it ourselves but it sure doesn’t look like a proper thing to be doing.”

On Thursday morning, Chief Byron Smith released the following statement:

My office was advised Tues evening of a police involved vehicle pursuit, during the coarse of the investigation a video surfaced showing possible officer misconduct. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This department will not tolerate officer misconduct. More details will follow when the investigation concludes.

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