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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.

Tags: Georgia, Excessive Force, Citizen Video


Comments (4)

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Charles Parker @ 12/16/2013 3:46 PM

Willing to bet somebody's grandmother with psycotic episode due to alsheimer disease or lack of current meds, but trying to live independently with no nearby family. Any qualified interventional counselors on site? Bet not.

Jeremy David Young @ 12/16/2013 6:58 PM

All I have to say is this, and response to Mr. Parker. Officer Safety First. Disregard any sort of Mental, Psychological, Physiological or Emotional issues, if a suspect, no matter who they are or how old they are (within reason of course) are causing me to fear for my life or dismemberment or permanent damage, they need to be stopped by the means necessary. She was resisting arrest. Place in cuffs, get the job done and ask questions following securing the scene and the suspect or suspects and securing your life and the lives of the innocent victims. Plain and simply that. Chief says it was justified, it was justified. Never question senior Officers unless ethics or moral issues are in play.

Greg @ 12/17/2013 5:23 AM

She's 70, she was violent and was doing her damndest to hurt the officers...just because she's female is no excuse for gentle treatment...she's not special due to sex or age.

Now the old man shot/killed in his own driveway by the 2 rookies responding to an alarm somewhere else...that was different.

Robert Lewis @ 12/17/2013 5:31 AM

Here is another example of people not hearing or seeing the whole story while filming a video.

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