Crime & Courts

CMPD officers, Charlotte firefighter charged in separate assault cases

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer and a Charlotte firefighter were charged with assault in separate cases Friday, the same day that another CMPD officer was accused of assaulting a crime suspect.

Davidson police confirm that CMPD Officer Hassan Samuel Peterson, 34, of Matthews was charged with assault on a female and communicating threats, in an incident reported late Friday.

The Charlotte Fire Department reported that Randall Kennedy, 25, of Charlotte was charged with assault on a female. That arrest stemmed from a dispute with a woman early Friday at a residence in east Charlotte.

Also on Friday, CMPD said Officer Jason Van Aken, 28, of Charlotte was arrested on assault charges. Police said they are investigating whether Van Aken used excessive force on a suspect, Terance Malachi, when Malachi was being questioned Aug. 14 at CMPD’s Metro Division office. Van Aken was placed on unpaid leave.

The incident involving Peterson, who has been with CMPD for 13 years, was reported about 11:45 p.m. Friday on Summers Walk Boulevard in Davidson, according to police reports.

Police did not say whether Peterson, who is assigned to the University City division, would remain on active duty during an investigation.

Kennedy was arrested about 5 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 5700 block of Copper Creek Court, according to police records. An 18-year-old woman also was charged with assault in the case.

Charlotte fire officials did not say how long Kennedy has been with the department or where he works.

A fire department spokesman said that once officials learned of the arrest, Kennedy was taken off duty. The spokesman said “appropriate discipline” would be handed out when an investigation is completed.

“The Charlotte Fire Department takes these charges very seriously,” the department said in a statement. “We hold all our employees to a high standard, and immediate action was taken following the arrest.”

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