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Former Maple Heights officer's file reveals troubled past

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A federal case is still pending against former Maple Heights police officer Alexander Casey,  who allegedly used excessive force on a FBI employee last summer.

However, after sifting through more than 300 hundreds pages of his Maple Heights police personnel file, documents show Casey has been in hot water before.

During a traffic stop in 2008, Casey allegedly used excessive force on 51-year-old Abram Williams, who is now confined to a walker.

"They come up on me Casey and a couple other officers, and Casey started kicking me while I was down, so I got into a fetal position," explained Williams.

Casey was also cited in 2011 by his direct supervisors for allegedly hitting a man in the face with his baton and kneeing the cuffed suspect in the neck.

Other documents cite Casey was "spoken with about his language and treatment of the public on several occasions" and he had a "distrust and disrespect for the administration."

In a final warning letter to Casey dated February 28, 2013, Chief Richard Maracz states, "again, as in the past, you have caused disruption to the work efficiency and work harmony in this department by using poor judgment and irrational decision making."

The 32-year-old officer was hired in 2005 and submitted his resignation letter to the police department on May 1st of this year.

We called Casey to see if he cared to comment on these allegations, but received no answer.

 A voicemail message was left.

Casey was also cited for an incident at a Walgreens earlier this year, but the details were redacted from the paperwork we received.

Perhaps even more interesting is we've learned Casey has since applied to be an officer in Shaker Heights and possibly one other area department.


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