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Warren officer accused of racial profiling

WARREN, Ohio- A Warren police officer is being accused of racial profiling after an incident involving three children.

According to a police report, officer Jeff Hoolihan called in a breaking and entering in progress with three black male suspects running down Atlantic Street.

Anthony Simmons said he saw his three children, ages 7,9 and 10 laying on the ground, face down.

"After my kids get home from school, they come home as they always do, through this trail here. I looked out the back door. I saw my children laying face down in this wet area there with a policeman standing over them," Simmons said.

Tony Simmons, 10, said they were running home from school.

"He came out the car with the gun and said 'down' twice," he said.

The children said the officer searched one of their bags.

Anthony Simmons said Hoolihan told him there had been several crimes in the area.

"He continued to try to persuade me that the area has had several burglaries and I didn't care about that. I wanted my kids off the ground. They're trembling, terrified. The sound of their cry I'd never heard before," Simmons said.

Carolyn Simmons, the children's mother, said she believes race was a factor in the incident, because she said they are the only African-American family in the neighborhood.

"As I've explained to my children, not all police officers are bad. There's a lot of great police officers to protect us and to serve us, but someone messed up and someone is not owning up to whatever their oath is as an officer," she said.

Mayor Michael O'Brien said internal affairs is investigating the incident and he expects their report to be finished within the next 10 days.

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