MILTON-FREEWATER
Former officer pleads guilty to assault, misconduct

Brian David Scott

Former Milton-Freewater police officer Brian David Scott took a deal Thursday in the assault case against him. The move ended his law enforcement career.

Umatilla County Circuit Court records show Scott, 38, pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree assault and first-degree official misconduct. The plea came after a settlement conference in Hermiston circuit court.

Misconduct is a misdemeanor, but the assault conviction is a Class C felony in Oregon.

Scott faced charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree official misconduct stemming from his Sept. 26, 2016, arrest of Jeffery Allen Fields, 46, of Milton-Freewater, for theft. Oregon State Police reported Scott pushed Fields in the back while his wrists were in cuffs.

Fields struck his head on a concrete wall in the Milton-Freewater Police Department and suffered injuries to his scalp and vertebrae.

State and federal court records show Fields has not filed a lawsuit in the matter. He is serving two years of probation on domestic violence charges.

Scott resigned from Milton-Freewater police in December. He worked for the department starting in September 2014. Court records show he and his family are moving to Colorado.

Circuit Judge Eva Temple presided over the closed-door conference and sentenced Scott to three years of probation, which bans him from possessing weapons, firearms or dangerous animals and mandates he must not have any contact with Fields.

Scott also will have to undergo an anger management evaluation and complete any treatment through a court-approved provider, complete 100 hours of community service and pay a fine of $500.

Scott also has 30 days to relinquish his police certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The documentation allowed him to work as a police officer.

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