Hearing To Resume For Pair Accused Of Police Brutality

October 16, 1991

A police internal affairs hearing into alleged misconduct by two officers is scheduled to resume tomorrow after a two-month recess.

The police officers, Victor Riemer and Ricky Johnson, are charged with using excessive force to break up a loud party at a Jessup motel on Jan. 5, 1990. A trial board of three county police officers is overseeing the hearing.

Riemer, a five-year veteran, and Johnson, a three-year veteran, are charged with using excessive force against two Columbia teen-agers, Carl Jonathan Bowie and his twin brother, Mickey, as the officers attempted to break up a loud party.

In August, the trial board heard several days of testimony from witnesses who attended the party. The hearing will resume tomorrow in the Hickory Ridge county office building.

The board will hear testimony between 1 and 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

If the officers are found in violation of procedures, Police Chief James N. Robey would be able to impose disciplinary measures ranging from a reprimand to dismissal.

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