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Chief: Officer Justified in Throwing 70-Year-Old to Pavement

December 16, 2013  | 

Glynn County, Ga., police officer Kevin Jones acted reasonably Dec. 5 when he threw a 70-year-old woman to the pavement on St. Simons Island and has been returned to full duties, county Police Chief Matt Doering told the Florida Times-Union Saturday.

In a report on his review, Doering referred to a civilian's videotape of the arrest, which was made public on YouTube, and to wounds that Jones suffered as he and other officers tried to take Kathleen Mary Allegrone of St. Simons Island into custody.

Allegrone had locked herself inside her car at the scene and, after officers used an unlock tool to open a door, Jones sustained lacerations to his hand from Allegrone's nails as he opened the driver side door and pushed her out, Doering wrote in his report.

After Jones and another officer walked Allegrone to a patrol car as she continually resisted, she stiffened her arms to prevent being handcuffed and again dug her nails into Jones' hand and wrist, the report says.

At that point, Jones threw Allegrone to the pavement to stop the assault and was justified in doing so, Doering said.


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