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Charge amended after 2 cops are fired

Published: Tue, August 10, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.




A paraplegic whose allegations of police brutality led to the firing of two city police officers has pleaded no contest to an amended charge of having physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Willie Daniel, 36, of High Street, entered his plea Monday before Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. of municipal court, who will sentence him at 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

Daniel originally was charged with drunken driving, but the prosecution amended the charge to having physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Like the original charge, the amended charge is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Daniel’s blood-alcohol content registered 0.152, which is nearly twice the legal driving limit of 0.08, said John Marsh, an assistant city prosecutor.

Although police found Willie Daniel behind the wheel after an accident, Kenneth Daniel said he, not his paralyzed brother, was driving the SUV in the Feb. 27 single-vehicle crash, in which the SUV ran into a fence in the 700 block of Wilson Avenue.

The amended charge states that Willie Daniel possessed the vehicle keys and was in a position to drive the vehicle, but it does not require the prosecution to prove that he was actually driving, Marsh said.

In the plea deal, Marsh dropped charges of driving under license suspension and reckless operation against Willie Daniel.

The plea agreement in the criminal case is a step toward resolution of a claim that was to appear in a civil lawsuit Willie Daniel had threatened to file against the city concerning the alleged police misconduct, city Prosecutor Jay Macejko said.

Willie Daniel complained that a police officer dragged him out of the SUV, punched him and left him lying face- down in the snow.

After an internal-affairs investigation, Police Chief Jimmy Hughes fired Officer Robert Jolliff, alleged ot have assaulted Daniel, and Officer Jay Fletcher, alleged to have neglected his duty to render proper assistance at the accident scene.

Jolliff and Fletcher are appealing their terminations.


1LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Officers like that shouldn't be supported, they should be exposed and fired.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Scum like Daniel get less then he deserves while two YPD officers get fired. What's wrong with this pictuire? It's no wonder the justice system in Y-town is so screwed up!!!

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3palbubba(802 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The real joke has yet to be told. It wil be told at the sentencing by Judge Douglas. Please do not wonder why crime is so bad in Youngstown. Neither officer was found guilty of any criminal charge and they were fired. Drunken Willie pleas down but IS guilty will get a slap on the wrist. Who got the harsher penalty, the police officers or the criminal?

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4jamie45331(1 comment)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

What's actually sad and most disturbing is folks assuming facts and stating opinions when THEY don't know what actually happened. In addition ANY police officer who abuses others rights, let alone the rights of a disabled person, deserves 100% removal from the force. ALL too often police feel that because they have a shiny badge and gun that they have the right to use/abuse their authority and do anything they wish to anyone without suffering ANY ramifications or consequences for their misdeeds and inapprorpiate behaviors! So based on the facts presentented that I know, the authorities were justified in #1 lowering the charge as well as #2 firing the police officers. But as you know they have police unions and the good old boys will be back on the force in no time at all with back pay and no consequences for their actions except a pat on the back from their fellow officers as well as a paid vacation at taxpayers expense!

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5mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I will bet that sometime soon, good ole Willie will be arrested again.

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6AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

jamie45331 - your opinion is the reason why this country is in the mess it is right now. When someone doesn't have to listen to the orders of a police officer then what authority do they have? If you don't want to get taken down by the police, then do what they say.

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Well good ole willie wins again. Bet hes laughing up a storm. Now the criminals get cops fired. Go figure.
1. Don't drink and drive.
2. Don't put yourself in a position to do something for the police to be involved.
3. If your in a accident call the police not sit in your car and look gulity or like your doing something your not suppose to be doing.
4. Grow up.

Of course, good ole willie gets caught with his pants down and cries to the media and now gets 2 officers fired. Take it like a man and quit blaming everyone else. He'll be back in trouble once again. Nothing but a fool.


"So based on the facts presentented that I know, the authorities were justified in #1 lowering the charge as well as #2 firing the police officers."

He admitted he was driving when this first came out. So if good ole willie had a gun and shot to death the 2 officers that would be alright. In todays society every criminal should be treated as if they are a threat to the police or innocent citizens. You can't be to cautious, look at all the police that have died in the line of duty. Every situation no matter how minor can be life and death. Bottom line don't put yourself in a position to warrant police involvement.

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8Eric(207 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The fact is, the cops dragged a paralyzed guy out of his car and laid him face down on the ground. I don't know how anyone can make a claim that that isn't police brutality. Willie very well is guilty as sin, but that still doesn't justify the officer's actions. Cops are supposed to be the leaders, keeping their emotions in check and maintaining control. If they can't do that they shouldn't be cops.

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9babybear(4 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

wow!!! Reading these comments none of you have the guts to be an officer of the law, in youngstown you have no idea what you will face when you pull up to an accident or pull over a car! Willie paraplegic or not had a gun it was gone when the police got there, but 2 people who were at the scene before the cops got there removed numerous things!!!!!! the courts believe the criminals instead of the men and women who put their lives out there everyday!

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


"But it sure don't look good for a cop when he slams a paraplegic onto the ground. Cops are supposed to be in control of their emotions and actions. "

How do you know they slammed him down? The only ones there was useless willie and the cop. It's hearsay. Why was he in that position in the first place? If he got so beat up by the police why didn't he go to the hospital or seek medical attention? (It would've made his case alot stronger)
Dude, I'm the LAST person that agrees with cops (I was sent to prison for them doing there job). I got everything I deserved. You have NO clue what they deal with on a daily basis. It's pretty sad when society nowadays always thinks the criminals are holier then thou. Always getting the benefits and rewards when they are the ones breaking the law. Don't break the law and you wouldn't have to worry about the police, courts,judges, etc. and ole willie isn't exactly a role model in society. Keep sticking up for the criminals and one day when you wake up you'll see the real deal and not no crying fool that runs to the media.

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11steelwagon(284 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Well let's see ,
Willie might be a drunk and a scumbag as some of you are saying he is but one thing seems clear to me.

How could Willie being a paraplegic possibly make any aggressive moves towards the cops ?
I wouldn't think that's possible.

No these two no neck fat heads got angry and decided Willie needed to learn a lesson and who better to teach him that lesson than them.

Most of these shaved head no neck fat heads demand instant respect from you and I but refuse to give the same.
I was raised to believe if you want respect you earn it.
Being an overbearing bully doesn't qualify as earning respect.

I'm constantly hearing about how tough the job of being a cop is.
While I'm sure it's not an easy job and no doubt can even be a dangerous job that still doesn't give them the right to beat on anybody unless attacked.and let's face it in this case Willie didn't and couldn't do that !!

So listen up fat heads
If you want the respect of the community try giving a little.
If you want the co-operation of those you're suppose to protect and serve try acting a little more humane.

Most of you fat heads have a chip on your shoulder to begin with.
Your "us agianst them" attitudes don't work well and just raise the level of fear and contempt citizens have for you.

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12Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


Go to this site and leave what you said to the families of these officers. I'm sure they would think highly of you. Well your at it, read about the officers and how they were killed in the line of duty.


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13RobertH(51 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

In reading these posts I'm guessing many of you would also think Christy, the stalker cop from Milton and Lowellville, was handled too harshly. ?

I wish I could say it surprised me when I see people who think LEOs always right.

I think things are the way thngs are is because people DO think that LEOs always right and justified in their actions. It's that kind of thinking that allows so many bad cops to get away with their bad actions.

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14babybear(4 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

there is good and bad in every profession, but why do people always jump in to blame law enforcement, we have criminals walking the streets, who everyone knows should be in prison, but the charges are dropped or plea bargained down, right away believe the criminal. I blame the courts and prosecutors, the always want the easy way out, so now the good cops are fed up and tired. I blame the county and townships for the bad officers, it's not who is the best man for the job it is who you know no matter what an idiot you are look at boardman for example!!!! Kendall and some of there other cowboys!!

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

They did Willie Daniel no favors . All the charges should have been dropped and the city should have bought him a new van with hand controls . The van should have been filled with malt liquor of Willie's choice and with a built in fridge to cool it . Yep, Willie likes to be cool on his stool ! Now he will be forced to drive once again using that stick for the foot pedals and be putting the public at risk .

Two weeks off without pay would have been plenty for the trauma caused of exposing Willie's diaper . Lets put the cops back to work and give them back pay .

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago


"In reading these posts I'm guessing many of you would also think Christy, the stalker cop from Milton and Lowellville, was handled too harshly. ?"

He should be in jail and off the force for what he did. Your comparison is rather lame.


"You just described the p.o.s. dirtballs that think they can take and do what they want to law abiding citizens."

Ole willie is such a law abiding citizen. He did no wrong? He is innocent?


"It's amazing how many idiots here feel cops are EVER justified in slamming people around or hurting them."

One story.
<<Daniel said when police arrived, Jolliff reached in the car, punched him and threw him in the street.>>

Another story.
<<Daniel said Jolliff hit him the face while he was handcuffed.>>

Contradicting isn't it?

Now WHY would a police officer just go up to his car and punch him and throw him in the street??? And slick willie had no bruises or a black eye or any marks on him. And he didn't even seek medical attention. Why is that? Wouldn't that be the FIRST thing you do in this case and especially being disabled. But he didn't did he? Nope. Just doesn't add up.


"I'd like to see how many of you "drunk" drivers w/appreciate being drug out of your car and physically assulated. May it happen to you so you can find out!"

Well I can raise my hand here....happened not once but twice to me, did I run to the media or get the officers fired, nope, I deserved the as!@ kicking I got because of my attitude and drunkenness. I couldn't believe the tape of me on the second time. I was guilty and moved on with life, not blame anyone but ME.

No one is sticking up for police officers that are corrupt or take there job unprofessional. But this story just don't make sense. You know, sometimes the criminal isn't always right.

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