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MO Chief Punches Father That Was Drowning Baby; Resigns Amid Excessive Force Allegation

A Kansas City area police chief has resigned after he was accused of using excessive force against a father charged with trying to drown his 6-month-old daughter in an icy pond.

Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson formally quit last week. He had been on administrative leave since Dec. 26 , about a week after Jonathon Stephen Zicarelli’s daughter was rescued.

Charging documents say Hallgrimson and another officer rushed to the icy pond after Zicarelli said he had tried to drown his daughter. They found the infant floating face up in the pond, and she was treated for severe hypothermia after she had been in the water for more than 10 minutes.

Zicarelli’s defense attorney says bodycam video from another officer shows Hallgrimson punch Zicarelli. Hallgrimson hasn’t been charged, and the video hasn’t been released.

 

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