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2 YPD officers appeal firings



Published: Fri, June 25, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Two former city police officers fired for their alleged roles in the beating of a paralyzed man in February are fighting to get their jobs back.

Robert Joliff and Jay Fletcher were fired earlier this month after a police department investigation into the beating of Willie Daniel after a traffic accident. Daniel, 36, of High Street, is paralyzed from the waist down.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said Fletcher and Joliff have sent letters of appeal to the office of Mayor Jay Williams saying the decision to terminate was too Harsh. A hearing has been set for Tuesday.

Hughes said Joliff was fired primarily because of his involvement in the alleged assault, and Fletcher was fired for failure to react properly at the scene as well as for prior disciplinary action.

Hughes explained the terminated officers have four steps in the grievance process. They can submit letters of appeal to their immediate supervisor, Hughes, the mayor’s office then go into binding arbitration for a final decision. The two officers chose to appeal to the mayor.

Should the officers not find satisfaction with the mayor’s decision, they can seek a decision from an arbitrator.

The matter could be taken to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a resolution after the arbitrator’s decision, but the chief said that is extremely rare.

Hughes said arbitrators, in his opinion, tend to favor the officer in situations such as these. Should the arbitrator rule for the officers, they could be awarded back pay for the time they have been off the job, the chief said.

Two other officers also could face reprimands in the matter. At issue in their case is what appears to be a delay in launching an investigation into Daniel’s claim that he was physically abused by Joliff at the scene of an accident.

Daniel was charged with reckless operation, driving while intoxicated and driving under suspension after the accident. He is due back in municipal court Aug. 9 on those charges.


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1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Get rid ofthese time bombs !

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

YOU DID WRONG NOW MOVE ON

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3CJJ8888(6 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

You beat a paralyzed man, jay Williams don't listen to thier lies!!!!!

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I hope they get there jobs back.

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5ytownchick(6 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I live in California now and not only would they get fired, the media would be all over them making thier lives miserable.

Of course, there are two sides to every story. Maybe there is something we don't know about the case. Let's just wait until we hear the court precedings before we point the finger and declare war on these officers.

The media loves to over dramatize everything!

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Where is the medical report on the supposed Willie Daniel beating ? Oh , there is none .

The city should buy Willie a Van with hand controls to replace the one which he wrecked while driving drunk and using a stick to manipulate the foot pedals . Filling the Van with Malt Liquor of Willie's choosing would be a plus . He needs to regain his self esteem and this would help . The two officers should be given two weeks off with no pay for having the audacity to arrest Willie .

The charges against Willie should be dropped as he was only guilty of having a good time . Let's proclaim a Willie Daniel Day where everyone can drive drunk and not be arrested . The logical day for this would be April The First .

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7joesmoe(48 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

are the other two officers involved, what about the supervisor that did nothing. what will happen to them? we need to hear the whole case first before passiing judgement

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844509resident(45 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

OMG, dont know rather to laugh at some of the sarcastic comments or feel sorry for Willie. One of the officers used force on a friend of mine while she was prego so i believe everything that Mr. Daniels said.

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