Officer Greg Jacobs
Montana Officer Faces Felony Charge for Hitting Prisoner
August 5th 2005
BILLINGS - A police officer who was fired for hitting a man in handcuffs faces a charge of felony mistreating prisoners. Greg Jacobs will be given a notice to appear in court for arraignment, but the date hasn't been scheduled.
Jacobs was placed on paid leave in January and fired in April after an internal affairs investigation by the Billings Police Department into an incident captured on a patrol car video. The investigation determined Jacobs used excessive force in the Christmas Eve incident, in violation of department policy.
Court records said Jacobs had responded to a disturbance and had Robert Camrud, 18, in handcuffs when Camrud kicked at a firefighter.
The affidavit said Jacobs knocked Camrud to the ground, forcing him to land on his back while his hands were handcuffed behind him, and then punched him in the face three times.
In 2000, Jacobs was suspended without pay for a week after he slapped and pulled the hair of a handcuffed suspect. He was warned then that he could be fired if he was found to have used excessive force again.
Officer Jacobs fired
Cop fired after using excessive force
Montana - A Billings police officer accused of using excessive force against a handcuffed suspect was fired Monday.
Greg Jacobs was fired at the close of an internal investigation, acting Chief Darrell Bell said in a prepared statement. Bell said the city would have no further comment.
Jacobs was put on administrative leave with pay on Jan. 14, about three weeks after a Christmas Eve incident in the Heights when officers responded to a disturbance call. Jacobs was previously disciplined in 2000 for using excessive force against a man in handcuffs, and he was recently accused of seriously injuring another man during an arrest in October.
Police officials said Monday they have started an internal affairs investigation into the October incident involving Jacobs and another officer.
In previous reports regarding the Christmas Eve incident, Jacobs was accused of hitting a man who was handcuffed outside a house. The incident happened after the 18-year-old man swung his leg at a firefighter, police officials said, and was captured on video by a camera in a patrol car.
Jacobs was hired as a police officer in 1998. In May 2000, he was suspended without pay for one week after police officials determined he used excessive force when he slapped and pulled the hair of a handcuffed suspect.
Last year, Jacobs was honored during National Crime Victims Week for his work on the case of a Billings woman and her elderly mother who were attacked and nearly scalped in their home.
Last week, a 23-year-old Billings man, Levi Dauenhaer, accused Jacobs of causing him severe injuries during a physical confrontation. Dauenhauer said he was beaten and bitten on the shoulder by Jacobs and spent 10 days in the hospital. Dauenhauer was being investigated for stealing beer from a convenience store.
Two other city police officers remain on paid leave.
Officer Shane Schaff was suspended Jan. 22 after he was cited for misdemeanor drunken driving by the Montana Highway Patrol. Chief Ron Tussing was suspended on Feb. 22 pending an investigation into his administrative conduct ordered by City Administrator Kristoff Bauer.
Officer Shane Schaff
Is this the same officer who works with officer rude? These 2 officers harassed my wife by calling nightly between midnight and 2am threatening her with filing charges if she did not give up information that she did not have. They did end up charging her wrongly with obstruction but instead of fighting it in court, my wife who is very sick and suffers from arthritis, fibromyalgia and terrible migraines, found it easier to just pay the fine but I have not forgiven these two corrupt officers.