Police officers said the boy cursed at them but did not make any threats.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A Trumbull County juvenile magistrate has dismissed a criminal charge filed against a 14-year-old boy who city police officers say swore at them.
The disorderly conduct charge filed against Regis Allgood was dismissed Thursday after Magistrate Monte Horton found the boy's conduct did not rise to the level of criminal conduct. The magistrate still called it "reprehensible."
Atty. Gilbert Rucker, who represents Regis, said his client maintains he never swore at the officers and that he was pleased with the ruling.
"The court did what was right to do," said Rucker, who had stressed that it is not against the law to swear at police officers.
Mike Burnett, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor handling the case, could not be reached for comment.
Police arrested Regis on Oct. 19, accusing him of swearing at them. Horton's ruling said that patrol officers Doug Hipple and Nick Carney testified that the boy swore at them, but neither testified that Regis made direct threats.
"Further, both officers testified that they had previously been subjected to profanities directed at them on numerous occasions and failed to make arrests during those incidences," the ruling stated.
Rucker and Regis' mother, Tarra Brown, 34, of Atlantic Street, said they believe police wrongfully arrested Regis on Oct. 19, and Brown has filed a complaint with the department's internal-affairs unit. Doug Franklin, city safety-service director, could not be reached to comment on the status of Brown's complaint.
Regis' brother Donald, 16, and sister Canchata, 15, and Brown also face charges in related incidents. Donald faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and Canchata is charged with resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer. Brown faces charges of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
The two teenagers and Brown were arrested after they began fighting with officers moments after Regis was handcuffed, police said.
Brown pleaded innocent, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 25 in municipal court.
Canchata also said the officers sprayed her with Mace and then ordered her to take her shirts off. The cruiser that transported Canchata to the juvenile justice center was not equipped with a video recorder.