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.