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Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Deputy to stand trial for excessive force

 Ogemaw County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Viviano
Amy Hensel
The Ogemaw Herald
Ogemaw County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Viviano

A sheriff’s deputy in Ogemaw County will stand trial for allegedly using excessive force against an autistic man.

According to a press release from the Attorney General, Deputy Matthew Viviano (vihv-ee-AH-noh) was responding to a call at an assisted living center. The caller said an autistic man was assaulting a caretaker.

The press release said while officers were calming the man, Viviano pushed the man down and used quote “unnecessary defensive techniques” against him. The Attorney General’s office did not clarify what those techniques were.

According to the release, Michigan state troopers testified that the use of force was unwarranted.

Viviano’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 8.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.