A Columbus police officer accused of slapping his daughter near Lakebottom Park was charged Friday with simple battery, reports state.
Joel Reed, 45, made his $1,000 bond the same day, the Muscogee County Jail said. He’s currently on administrative leave with pay, said Tom Barron, the city’s human resources director.
Officers responded to a 17th Street home, some two blocks from the park, at 8 p.m. Friday about a vehicle collision. When they arrived, the collision had turned into a dispute, reports state.
Police said Reed and his 20-year-old daughter were arguing about the collision when Reed allegedly slapped her twice on the left side of her face.The woman had no visible injuries, reports state.
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Reed was arrested at the Columbus Public Safety building at 8:40 p.m. and then booked into the Muscogee County Jail, records state.
Reed, a patrol officer, was hired by Columbus police in February 1985. His salary is $48,174, Barron said.
Reed was put on administrative leave with pay on Saturday. His misdemeanor case will proceed through State Court, Assistant Chief Charles Rowe said.
The incident will also be investigated by the police’s Office of Professional Affairs.
“We’ll be looking at possible violations of departmental policy,” Rowe said.
A decision on Reed’s employment status likely will occur after the internal investigation is complete, the assistant chief added.