CMPD officer arrested on misdemeanor assault charges

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested officer Jason Van Aken and charged him with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault, both of which are misdemeanors.

The charges stem from a criminal investigation into an incident in which Van Aken used excessive force on Terance G. Malachi, who was in custody for carrying a concealed weapon.

On Aug. 14, the victim was in handcuffs and leg shackles in CMPD's Metro Division interview room when Van Aken allegedly pushed the victim into the wall. Malachi was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

Van Aken has been placed on administrative leave and has had his gun and badge removed while internal investigations continue, including into whether Van Aken is responsible for other incidents involving excessive force.

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