Special prosecutor named to oversee excessive-use-of-force case involving two Columbia police officers

Still from video captured at the scene on May 7, 2023.

A special prosecutor is appointed to oversee a case involving two Columbia Police officer’s use of force earlier this month outside a downtown bar.

The incident occurred early in the morning on May 7 on South 10th Street.  Video was captured as two officers punched and wrestled with a man on the sidewalk.  Both officers have since quit the department. 

According to court records, Boone County Prosecutor Roger Johnson requested a special prosecutor to oversee the criminal investigation, noting his regular collaboration with the police department.  He says he wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

In response to Johnson’s request, a Boone County judge appointed Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Phelps to act as special prosecutor.