2 city cops fired in connection with assault on paraplegic in February

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Chief Jimmy Hughes has fired two officers involved in a Feb. 27 incident in which a paraplegic complained he was dragged out of a sport utility vehicle, assaulted by a police officer and left lying face down in the snow.

The chief announced today the terminations of Officer Robert Jolliff, the alleged assailant, and Officer Jay Fletcher, who allegedly failed to react properly as events unfolded at the scene.

Jolliff “was terminated because of the allegations of excessive force and conduct unbecoming an officer,” Hughes said. The chief added he believes Jolliff was not truthful in his comments during the internal affairs investigation.

Jolliff had prior complaints and some prior discipline in his personnel file, but his termination was almost entirely due to the Feb. 27 incident, Hughes said.

Fletcher was fired because of the combination of the Feb. 27 incident and prior discipline in his file, the chief said.

Jolliff and Fletcher may appeal their termination.

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