Police Abuse

Cop Breaks 17-Year-Old Girl's Jaw at Library, Lawsuit Alleges

The cop fell on the girl while trying to remove her from the library. He was suspended without pay for 40 hours.

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A police officer working off-duty at an Ohio public library broke a 17-year-old girl's jaw while removing her from the premises, a lawsuit filed by the girl's mother this week alleges.

The incident occured last November. According to the lawsuit, Officer Kevin Jones first complained that the girl's headphones were too loud, then told her to "shut the fuck up" after her phone rang, and finally declared that she had to leave after he saw her put her feet up on a chair.

The teenager, referred to in the complaint as J.G., and her 11-year-old brother, referred to as D.J., settled first in the children's section of the library, according to the lawsuit, but moved to the adult section after Jones' complaints about the girl's headphones and phone because Jones' "constant vigilance made them uncomfortable, especially given the hostile manner in which he had treated them since they arrived."

The mother's attorney, Subodh Chandra, has released surveillance video and body camera footage. The surveillance video shows the officer pushing the girl across the library, placing her in a full nelson near the entrance, and falling on top of her just short of it. The lawsuit alleges the fall broke the teen's jaw.

A statement from the Lakewood Police Department confirms the actions in the surveillance video: It says Jones "took hold of the female by the arm and back of the neck and they fell to the ground," notes the "full nelson type hold," and acknowledges that the two fell to the ground and that "the female sustained an injury to her mouth as a result of the fall."

The NBC affiliate in Cleveland WKYC obtained Jones' performance reports, which apparently say that Jones needed "little to no supervision" but needed "to continue to exercise patience with members of the public."

The police department suspended Jones without pay for 40 hours, prohibited him from working at the library, and ordered him to undergo additional training to resolve his issues.

"When employees act outside of their training and responsibilities they are held accountable," the statement read. "The Lakewood Police Department trains their employees to de-escalate encounters and to only use force when reasonable and required."

The lawsuit also alleges that Jones—and other officers who responded to the scene later—did not promptly request medical assistance for the girl, who was left bleeding outside. Instead, body camera footage showed Jones "re-hashing his attack on J.G. and laughing with the other officers about clocking out early rather than calling an ambulance to attend to the crying teenager."

The case shows the benefits of zero tolerance policies for police officers—that is, of identifying problem officers as early as possible and removing them before their excessive use of force turns deadly. Permitting an officer who has been cautioned to exercise patience to work security in a place like a library, full of children, suggests a culture where performance problems aren't taken seriously. In such an environment, problems get worse.

The lawsuit accuses the city of failing to train employees on how to deal with a "forseeable population"—namely children—and of failing to train them on how to "properly respond to serious medical needs." In nearby Cleveland, it took a settlement with the Department of Justrice to make medical care a part of the city's supposedly "exacting" use of force policy.

The lawsuit also says the officers violated the girl's Fourth Amendment rights, and it accuses Jones of criminal acts of assault, menacing, abduction, unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct, and interfering with civil rights.

The Lakewood Public Library and the Lakewood Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.

Watch the surveillance and body camera footage below:

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  1. This is unbelievable. They still have public libraries? Is it just so cops have another place to moonlight?

    1. The homeless need a place to masturbate during the day.

      1. You don’t know how true this is.

        1. I go to the library with my kids a couple times a month. Maybe I’m the only one

          1. Hmmm it left off my sad emoji at the end. So I must spell out my sadness at the decline of libraries in modern America.

            1. Why is that sad? The internet is infinitely more accessible and has infinitely more information available. Its called progress.

              1. And the porn at the library sucks.

              2. I agree the internet is one of the greatest inventions ever, but there’s still something special about sitting down to read a great book. Plus it helps the kids with focused learning a lot better than the ADHD appeal of the internet does.

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  2. The NBC affiliate in Cleveland WKYC obtained Jones’ performance reports, which apparently say that Jones needed “little to no supervision”

    “…which is fortunate since we apparently have little to offer…”

    but needed “to continue to exercise patience with members of the public.”

    “And by continue we mean start.”

    Also, that aspect ration is not flattering to that law enforcement professional. It makes him look not in top physical shape.

    1. He was on top of her physical shape.

    2. It makes him look not in top physical shape.

      Surely you’re not suggesting that a Hero in Blue might be a little soggy around the mid-section?

    3. Also, that aspect ration is not flattering to everyone. It makes them look not in top physical shape.

      FIFY

  3. Would love to know the dialogue. I am no fan of the regular abuses of power of cops and other scary staters but!….

    No proof that the cop did not request her to leave. My guess is that he asked her several times. If the cop does not get compliance, what is he suppose to do? Granted it is just noise in a library but do you honestly think, given the fighting back that she displayed, that there was no sha-nae-nae going on in that conversation? If he had nicely brought in 5 cops to pick her up and remove her, folks would then be outraged as well.

    pick you stories better reason. Punk assholes who are fucking obnoxious in public are all over the place and the police have to deal with a lot of that too. My guess is that this is entirely a two way street.

    1. If the cop does not get compliance, what is he suppose to do?

      Apparently he is supposed to break her jaw.

      1. That’s not my point. of course it appears egregious but what is a cop supposed to do if someone is saying no,no,no,no? I really don’t know the protocol but at some point, the cop can act to arrest someone which often involves resistance. What is he supposed to do if Shanequa is fighting back?

        And who goes into the library to make noise other than an assholes.

        I ain’t arguing that cops don’t often abuse their power and aren’t scary. I am saying that this type of stuff is very commonplace and an accident probably happened with respect to the fall and injury.

        It is all moot anyway. That video does not prove that she was not being belligerent and resisting so he will get off anyway.

        1. And who goes into the library to make noise other than….

          Officer Kevin Jones?

          He seemed to make a great deal of noise leading up to the moment he broke that individual’s jaw.

        2. What is he supposed to do if Shanequa is fighting back?

          That is your second reference to her race. Her race doesn’t matter.

          He is not supposed to attempt to run her out of the building like he is bouncing at the Double Deuce.

          1. I get it that it seems like way too much force. My question remains.
            If someone is say, disturbing the peace, what is the proper application of force if they will not comply with 2 or 3 requests to shut up or leave? Had he tazed her, there would be outrage, and rightfully so.

            If she will never comply and is belligerent, what is the police officer supposed to do? Had he not fallen upon her and hurt her, would this be an excessive use of force?

            I am making no defense of police and their history of abuse. I am asking what are they allowed to do when someone is either breaking the law or disturbing others around them?
            And don’t be na?ve. You have never seen a particular youth or teen get belligerent with authority and act entirely argumentative and confrontational and you know that attitude is coming? Same for trashy white folks who are stupid.

            1. Same for trashy white folks who are stupid.

            2. Had he not fallen upon her and hurt her, would this be an excessive use of force?

              Yes, I think that’s obvious. His default mode for someone supposedly not complying with his order was to get violent – he escalated the situation, which is the exact opposite of what a police officer should be doing.

              I am asking what are they allowed to do when someone is either breaking the law or disturbing others around them?

              There are many different ways to approach this situation that do not involve violence, but an on-duty police officer could have written her a summons for disturbing the peace, or something along those lines. Wrestling her around the building is obscene.

              1. Crusty,

                I am impressed by your response, which seems (at least to me) to be not only rational yet intended to provoke thoughtfulness in the intended recipient.

                I merely pointed out what I thought to be timbo’s evident disregard for the sort of individuals she/he considers unworthy.

                Nicely done on your part.

                1. I have no doubt the girl was being obnoxious. Teenagers are assholes. But as often as I would love to beat the crap out of my own when they act defiant, I don’t actually do it. Yes it’s a tough spot for the officer, but he picked the worst possible course of action. If she was really being disruptive, he should have just persisted in annoying the crap out of her until she left of her own volition.

              2. “You’ve been asked to leave the building, miss. You need to leave.”

                “Well I’m not leaving!”

                “Oh, okay then, let me just write you a ticket and then you can stay even though you’ve been asked to leave by the people who work here and have the authority to decide who needs to leave.”

                /derp

                1. Well, I think the other question here is what is the applicable law. If they are supposed to give out ticked under certain conditions, then yes, by all means.

                  I am not trying to be racist when I mention how they were both of darker skin, but it is important to keep in mind when you consider how his own police department suspended him and publicly acknowledges how he went outside of his training, which guarantees some cash in litigation.

                  That would be my question, just how outside his training was he? I feel that a lot of the abuse by law officers start right from the start with piss poor training and re-training programs.

            3. Disturbing whose peace? Others around them? Hypothetical others? There wasn’t a soul within thirty feet and headphones are required by physics to obey the inverse-square law. Something about the surface area of a sphere, any cop can explain it to you I’m certain.

    2. There’s always the story of the chokehold of death for the Denny’s urinator and how the blue brotherhood extends to husbands of deputies.

        1. Fist,

          Did the compliance/complicity of the bystanders repulse you?

          Might they not be accomplices?

        2. The Uranium Savages of Austin did a version of “On the Bayou” celebrating this Houston Police hazing-drowning prank on another victim named Joe. Well hello, we’d like to know who you are-o, We got clues by the shoes you are Chicano, Get outta that car it ain’t far to el arroyo, With a badge and a gun gonna have big fun on the bayou. (bridge) Well goodbye Joe you gotta go for a swim-o, (Geronimoooo….) It’ll be rough with the cuffs me oh my-o, We’ll stand around watch you drown then be gone-o, with a badge and a gun gonna have big fun on the bayou! … Get laid off for a week, maybe two-o, with a badge and a gun gonna have big fun on the bayou. Deejays played it all over the state till a way was found to ban it.

    3. If the cop does not get compliance, what is he suppose to do?

      Well obviously he should just leave the person be.

      ~Crusty

    4. Apparently a cop’s desire for compliance trumps everything?

      She had her headphones on a little too loud? OMG SHE PUT HER FEET ON THE CHAIR. And when she didn’t immediately comply with his order to leave – and why does he have the authority to issue that order? – then that’s justification for what follows.

      And people laugh at me when I say that all laws are backed by lethal force.

  4. RE: Cop Breaks 17-Year-Old Girl’s Jaw at Library, Lawsuit Alleges
    The cop fell on the girl while trying to remove her from the library. He was suspended without pay for 40 hours.

    The cop is such a sissy.
    You would’ve thought he could’ve broken a leg or two, a nose or a jaw before he got through with this violent and vicious felon.
    They just don’t make cops like they used to.

    1. Still, with that much skill in girl-bullying the occasional copper would make a great Republican. The opening lines of their platform are dedicated to “All who stand strong and firm in the face of danger, So that the American people may be protected against it” and goes on to specify “our law enforcement.” Officer Kevin Jones would make an interesting addition to the Republican Platform Committee, if not a candidate for Mayor of Cleveland.

  5. That’s her 11 year old brother with her? Is that possible? The kid is 300 pounds.

    1. You’ve obviously never been to Philadelphia.

    2. “Something something… childhood obesity epidemic… mumble mumble…”

      Get that fat shit kid some exercise once in a while instead of hanging out inside a library.

      1. It is only because of soda, absolutely nothing else.

      2. Like maybe some jiu-jitsu training…

    3. EVERYBODY looks like 300 pounds in that video.

  6. “When employees act outside of their training and responsibilities they are held accountable,” the statement read.

    Hmmm… sounds serious.

    The police department suspended Jones without pay for 40 hours, prohibited him from working at the library, and ordered him to undergo additional training to resolve his issues.

    Wow. Now that is serious.

    1. yep for a cop thats unheard of. For normal people they would be fired and thrown in jail for a 90 days to a year…maybe even prison.

      1. After a full and fair trial by their peers, and a guilty verdict.

        1. ah but only if they have bail money 😛

          Otherwise they sit in jail while they are on trial. If proven innocent…ops…our bad!

  7. Jones’ “constant vigilance made them uncomfortable, especially given the hostile manner in which he had treated them since they arrived.”

    Will J.G. undergo additional training to resolve her issues?

  8. The lawsuit also alleges that Jones?and other officers who responded to the scene later?did not promptly request medical assistance for the girl, who was left bleeding outside. Instead, body camera footage showed Jones “re-hashing his attack on J.G. and laughing with the other officers about clocking out early rather than calling an ambulance to attend to the crying teenager.”

    “New Professionalism.”

  9. Off-duty? Civilian, then, right? Book ’em, Danno!

    1. thats my thought. I don’t know how cops get cop protections while not at work.

      He should be a normal citizen at this exact moment.

      1. You could get cop accountability real fast if all cop assaults were treated as ordinary crimes; Put every single incident under the jury microscope. No union protection, no suspension with pay. You punch somebody, a jury decides if it was justified in the line of duty, just as they would for any non-cop who punches somebody.

        1. 100% agree but thats not going to happen any time soon.

          1. Yeas but why dream half dreams, when the whole shebang is so much more satisfying for the same cost?

        2. Texas juries are screened for that. Anyone to whom a cop’s story is not settled science before the hearing does not get seated on a jury.

  10. This guy has a guaranteed job with the Seneca Police, and Solicitor Chrissy will have any uppity troublemaking lawyers tossed out on their teeth on the concrete steps for so much as questioning his use of excessive or deadly force, by dad!

  11. It seems completely overlooked that the even would never have happened had the young lady been cognizant of the rights of the other library patrons to while in the library.

    Guessing the girl had not been taught any manners or respect for others.

    Baring that, yes, the cop was excessive.

  12. When I was a kid, there were no cops in libraries.

    Maybe that’s the problem. Cops are blunt instruments. Maybe things would not have escalated if this girl was first confronted by librarians, who have the same restrictions on use of force as any other citizen.

    I was never disruptive in a library as a kid, but I think “if you don’t settle down, you’re banned from the library for a month” or, in extreme, “leave now or we’re calling the police” would have more than sufficed to quell most kids.

  13. I watched this on mute…

    In my mind he was yelling “RESPECT MY AUTHORITAY!” the whole time this was happening.

    And she was yelling “I do what I want!”

    Both speak in Cartman-voice…

  14. “A police officer working off-duty at an Ohio public library broke a 17-year-old girl’s jaw while removing her from the premises, a lawsuit filed by the girl’s mother this week alleges.”

    If a police officer is off-duty than why is this officer enforcing the law?

    1. I meant then not than, where is an edit button when I need one?

      1. If you want tech support, you have to add ‘@NSA” to your response. Or something about putting a judge in a woodchipper, that really gets their attention

  15. The question about off-duty authority is this: A police officer in Ohio has the same authority off duty as he has on duty. It is like this in most states.

    I am from the area this happened in, the Lakewood (the suburb of Cleveland this happened in) public library has constant problems with teens and young adults behaving inappropriately, as well as with men having sexual encounters in the bathroom. These problems were so pervasive that they had to hire Lakewood police officers to work secondary employment there.

    The question about what the teen should have done is simply comply, then none of this would have happened. Yes, comply with the officer’s authority. The police are where the buck stops when it comes to controlling illegal and/or disruptive behavior in society. They are legally authorized to give, as the citizens are legally required to obey, their lawful orders. To those that don’t understand this, perhaps a citizenship class that they slept through should be re-attended. It’s simply common sense.

    1. So, non-compliance is dealt with swiftly, by breaking the jaw of the non-compliant? I understand what you are saying, but writing the girl a ticket would have been a much less violent way of resolving this matter. It’s revenue to “the State”, which your appeal to authority argument shows you clearly defer to. Instead, the taxpayers of Lakewood are going to have to shell out millions with this lawsuit.

      Does your typical “disturbing the peace” public ordinance law state the penalty is immediately getting your jaw broken? They are two separate actions, being disruptive and the officer breaking the girls jaw, but one didn’t end with one person’s jaw being broken and a lawsuit being filed. A lawsuit many municipalities quickly settle and push the tab to the local tax base.

  16. Now to the issue of the officer’s behavior. I can tell you from knowing an officer that works there that teens are made to leave by officers quite frequently, and the bulk of the offenders of the library’s code of conduct are African American. Not exclusively mind you, but mostly. The conducts prohibited include playing headphone with volume audible to other than the person listening to them (for the doubters, this is easy to do) and putting feet on the furniture. Violators who do not comply with the codes of conduct can be banned for periods of time. The officers, acting as agents for the library, are permitted to enforce this under Ohio’s Criminal Trespassing law. Yes, I know some liberals may be butt-hurt about this, but these are the facts and the law, Clearly the young lady in question was struggling with the officer and they both tripped and fell, which caused the injury to her jaw. The officer was severely punished for this issue, 40 hours of suspension cost him over $1200.00, and his inability to work at the library will cost him much more. He will receive additional training i this area. He has been punished, as the city will be in the resultant lawsuit.

    Hopefully she learned a lesson, too. Unfortunately that lesson learned is argue and struggle with the po,ice and you might get PAID to be a moron.

    1. “…as the local taxpayers will be in the resultant lawsuit”

      -Fixed it for you

      The moron in this story is the cop (and you as well). Why are you here exactly? This is a libertarian website and most libertarians agree with the basic tenets of the NAP. If I have to explain to you what the NAP is, you should research it yourself and then think about this story through the lens of the NAP

  17. OK, maybe I’m dense, by why does a *library*, of all places, require a cop to be around? When I was growing up, we didn’t have cops in Walmart, in the schools, in libraries, etc. The world is not more unsafe than it was 20 years ago, so I fail to see what the desperate need is.

    Given the proclivity of police departments to hire thugs, this is a disastrous idea.

    By the way, this “cop” should be fired. It is clear he is temperamentally unfit for the job.

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