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Video: Cleveland Officer Under Investigation for Not Aiding Other Cops in Struggle

February 28, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Cleveland Officer Under Investigation for Not Aiding Other Cops in Struggle

A Cleveland TV station has obtained video showing a city police officer saying he won’t help other officers deal with a dangerous man because he doesn’t want to end up under investigation.

The video comes from a call in November for a man having a mental health crisis. A group of officers tried to talk him into coming out of a house. A police report shows he made threats to officers and made other bizarre statements. That led to a struggle with police on the porch, Fox 8 reports.

During the struggle, one officer calmly walked down the street to get an ambulance crew. He can be heard telling paramedics, "I don't want to go hands on. I don't want none of that cause I don't want to…be under investigation."

The officer is now facing internal discipline for the incident. A disciplinary hearing has been held. But there’s been no decision yet.

Comments (10)

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MikeAT @ 2/28/2018 4:33 PM

You don’t wanna go “hand on,” turn in the badge. If you’re scared of an investigation, you’ll be scared as hell when you have to go to deadly force.

jojo @ 2/28/2018 4:35 PM

Does this surprise anyone, this is what happens when you riot when people who try to take officer's guns get shot. That being said this officer should be fired for not coming to the aid of his partners. Go work in Broward County, I'm sure they would hire you.

LEP845 @ 2/28/2018 4:41 PM

Time for this one to find a new profession. That said, the chickens home to roost once again. After the false Hands up, don't shoot; Baltimore debacle and police bashing in general, proactive policing went out the window and this may be another manifestation.

colin moultis @ 2/28/2018 7:16 PM

I hate to say it but good for him, I'm all for a team effort, but even in my local District we have lots of use of force complaints there are several officers under investigation for using too much force to deal with an issue. It should not and does not take 19 men to take down one man officers should be trained properly above and beyond standard police training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent use of mechanics and can allow even a smaller officer to overcome a larger person fairly easily if the right tactics are employed. If two or even three officers are on one standard size man that should be plenty. I won't plod an officer from walking away from the situation but I totally understand if there are too many people involved already not wanting to get your hands messy with the investigation after the fact as to why it took for people to take down one man. Training is of the utmost importance on and off duty if you can't employee the proper tools to do your job you need to find a di

EODK9Trainer @ 3/1/2018 2:06 AM

I say he's 100% wrong for not stepping up like he should but what the media and courts have done helped create this. Makes officers afraid to do their jobs.

Ralph Brown @ 3/1/2018 5:57 AM

Colin, The old adage, "Too many cooks spoil the pot", comes to mind. That is true to a point. However, when dealing with an EDP remember they don't reason well, pain compliance tactics don't work, OC does not work, and Tasers or stun guns are questionable. The only thing that works every time is physical intervention, restraint and as soon as possible to prevent injury to the subject "and" officers involved. Be direct and be quick as soon as you have enough help!

dja2385 @ 3/1/2018 6:15 AM

Apparently this same officer is already under investigation for posting a video last year of himself in his cruiser and in uniform singing F*#K the Police. Look it up on Youtube. Should be fired. Coward with contempt for the job.

tedb @ 3/1/2018 6:42 AM


You really need to focus here son. And have somebody handy to proof-read your writing products.

John @ 3/1/2018 7:48 AM

>Colin. It comes down to one simple fact. If an officer(s) needs assistance, you assist. If there are "enough" officers on someone I agree it may not be necessary to pile on. But never should you walk away until they are secured. And never for the reason of not wanting to go hands on.

Grey Bear @ 3/1/2018 9:30 AM

This candya$$ needs some Attitude Modification Training by his fellow officers, then lets see if he wants to go hands-on.

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