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Cop accused of brutality on medical leave after collapse || AUDIO

Published: Fri, March 12, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.




YPD dispatch call on paralyzed man
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Willie Daniel of Youngstown, who is paralyzed from the waist down, explains what happened when his brother was driving the SUV in the background with him as a passenger. He said they were in an accident and a responding officer dragged him from the truck and roughed him up.

A city police officer accused of beating a handicapped man is on medical leave after collapsing on the job.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said Officer Robert Jolliff, a 15-year veteran, collapsed while working Wednesday and was taken to an area hospital.

Hughes was unsure of Jolliff’s status as of late Thursday afternoon but said the officer is on medical leave from the department.

Willie Daniel, 36, of High Street, paralyzed from the waist down, has accused Jolliff of repeatedly punching and hitting him in the head with a bottle after a traffic accident in February. Jolliff also is accused of leaving the man lying in the snow with his pants down, exposing an adult diaper he was wearing.

City officials have refused to release internal-affairs reports detailing findings in Daniel’s allegations against Jolliff, including witness statements from officers at the scene, because the investigation continues.

The city, however, did release Jolliff’s disciplinary file. The file shows that since 2001, Jolliff has been accused of using excessive force several times as well as conduct unbecoming an officer, making a false arrest and neglect of duty.

The department, however, deemed several of the allegations as either unfounded or unsubstantiated.

A 22-year-old North Side man in September 2009 told authorities that Jolliff sprayed him unnecessarily with pepper spray during an incident on Ohio Avenue. The man was being arrested for obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Jolliff explained the man was combative during the arrest process. Internal-affairs investigators found that Jolliff used reasonable force in administering the pepper spray.

In 2008, a 35-year-old Lyden Street man complained after Jolliff responded to his home in regard to a domestic situation. The man said Jolliff sprayed him with pepper spray, cursed him and pushed him in the throat area. Several witnesses said Jolliff shoved the man’s mother to the ground during the incident.

An internal-affairs investigation concluded that the allegations were “unsustained.” The investigation showed that the man was aggressive, and the woman, who was interfering with police business, was being escorted back to her home and likely suffered a seizure and fell.

In 2004, a 23-year-old East Side woman told police she tapped Jolliff on the shoulder to ask a question during an altercation on Fairgreen Avenue and was thrown to the ground. The woman told internal affairs that Jolliff put his knees in her back and screamed in her face, then kicked another woman who tried to explain the situation.

Jolliff, in his response to the complaint, said the woman grabbed his arm and tried to prevent him from entering a part of the house where officers were conducting an investigation. He said the woman’s actions resulted in a scuffle between the two and the woman’s subsequent arrest.

Jolliff’s file does not indicate a resolution for the 2004 complaint by IAD.

Hughes has said the department will conduct a thorough investigation into the most recent allegations made by Daniel.

“Multiple complaints against any one officer could raise a red flag for department officials, but those complaints must be evaluated on an individual basis,” the chief said.

“I have not looked at the [previous] complaints, but my understanding is that we could not put anything on him other than that the complaints were made and those complaints have been investigated thoroughly,” the chief said.

Hughes said it is also important to note that any unsubstantiated claim against an officer cannot be held against the officer after one year.

Any substantiated claim cannot be held against an officer after two years, he said.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Hughes fire this nut ! Look at all the complaints on Jolliff. Are all these people lying ? Don't think so! The only one that isn't doing there job is Y-Towns Police Administrators ! But what's new?

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2saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Rule One: Keep your hands off the Policeman.

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3AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Agreed saddad. Any law abiding citizen knows that simple rule. Tapped him on the shoulder my rear.

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4verita(15 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

A cop enters a situation where people are ALREADY out of control, or in the midst of committing a crime and the cop is expected to do what??? ask them nicely to stop? Obstructing justice, resisting arrest, domestic violence...and these people want to cry police brutality. Give me a break.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Police Officers are expected to be Pit Bulls . Being docile in a hostile environment is a death sentence .

The pressure of the job takes its toll as evidenced by Officer Robert Jolliff's collapse . I pray for a speedy recovery for him .




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6tomyoz(3 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Typical law enforcement coward that has to hide behind his badge to beat up old women & cripples. And, something like that is allowed to carry a gun? Hmmm.... No wonder this area's in a grim situation. Dirty cops, crooked politicians, incompetent bureaucrats & local business people who grossly overestimate their own intelligence. Delusions of Grandeur all.

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7saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Im glad you have tried him and found him guilty although those not working from hearsay acquitted him there sotired. Try listening to the radio -see what they deal with. And lets see you do the job and not just mouth off

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

sotired :

"A guy like this gives good cops a bad reputation."

All cops have a bad reputation amongst the criminals . The rest of society does their judging on another scale .

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9saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

To those that stand in judgement I ask-Have you ever had to advance to the sound of the guns. If not then you have no idea of what is asked of one who does. These people do it all the time. Its like doing 15 years in Iraq.

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10jermuh(16 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

saddad , u r an idiot , this man gets paid by taxpayers to protect and serve, this crap only happens in the black community and u wonder y Blacks dont c police as heroes . how threatening can a 35 yr old mans mother be, what about a man paralyzed from the waist down, sounds like a coward with a gun

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11jermuh(16 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

stan, all cops dont have a bad reputation among criminals, most criminals know right from wrong and arent upset when some1 arrests them when they r wrong with respect , whites r so willing 2 give other whites the benefit of the doubt ,ie lets not rush 2 judgement, but when Blacks r accused of a crime in ur devilish mind mind he is guilty until proven innocent and then said 2 have gotten away with it

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12Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

No that is not true. If you step in the shoes of law enforcement, you will see one thing very quickly. Even when treating EVERYONE the same. Same arrests, same traffic stops, same manner of speaking, same discretion, etc...it is almost always a minority that files complaints or just plain says "the only reason you did this is because I'm this color, or from that part of town.
Most criminals do know right from wrong, that is correct, but they DO NOT accept responsibility and always try to make excuses. In the Youngstown area, the excuse is ALWAYS race.

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13saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

These guys run from one whacked out nut job call to another all night every night. Often the whackos are already fighting with their "loved ones" A million whackos means you cant just add up complaints. The earlier statement about where there's smoke just does not apply

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14the_truth(8 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

"stan, all cops dont have a bad reputation among criminals, most criminals know right from wrong and arent upset when some1 arrests them when they r wrong with respect "

That is laughable.

Officer: "Freeze sir, and might you please stop burglarizing that house? It's not very nice of you."

Criminal: "Ah sure, you got me. Here, unlock your police cruiser so that I may get into the back of it and be whisked away to jail."

I am no cop, but I don't think that's the scenario that would play out.

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15NorthSider(14 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

////, did you hear the 911 tape?? Doesn't it mean something?
And You don't have to have a Pit-Bull attitude to be an effective cop. Yes they carry a badge and a gun, but they are s-e-r-v-a-n-t-s! most cops are good, but this one is a bad seed. If that cop got caught red-handed and on camera, you would still say he is innocent. Let that cop spend the rest of his career in Iraq.

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16Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

We all know it's not easy being a police officer. But there is still rules all police officers have to follow. Now it doesn't sound right all those people complained on him. But im a just speak on the latest one against this officer shouldn't there have been another officer with him and a camera to the car when the officer showed up to the scene? Alot of stuff is not sounding right with this cop just as well as Willie Daniel.

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17RubyGirl(22 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

"most criminals know right from wrong " Did you really just say that??????

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18Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Well there are probably no cameras due to funding first of all. And to the person who has once again said police officers are servants, can stick that word where it's dark and stinks. They provide a service, they are not your servant, but you feel that way for some odd reason. I guess that's why you think it's okay to talk to them how you want and treat them how you want. Oh and while we are on the subject of sending people to Iraq...how about we send all the welfare dwellers to Iraq and make them earn something for once?

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19Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes I realize that the City of Youngstown is broke BUT....

This just highlights the NEED for the Men and Women in blue to carry camera's mounted on thier heads like a lot of police forces are going to. I can hear the Police union crying a "blue streak" on this one but screw the union, it is about protecting the people from b.s. litigation and from Bad Cops. If they had cameras all of these prior allegations would have resulted in, filling fasle police report charges or, a charge against the Cop for abuse of power.

As a side note one can look at the caseload from the prosecutors standpoint, he/she would no longer need to plead Down a whole heck of a lot of cases due to the fact the the crime will have been caught on tape.This will entice them to plead for fear that a jury looking at a tape of the event will find them guilty in less then one hour's time and throw the book at them for wasting the courts time.

How many man hours will I A spend investigating this and other similar cases, this is an example of time is money, and that money would be better spent on camera's.

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20ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

A policeman comes into an unknown situation already with an adrenaline rush. Add to that rush a suspect that is noncompliant, mouthing off, or physically resistive, what do you think is going to happen?

I'll never understand why some feel the need to confront law enforcement. Is it youth? Are people seeing it in movies and TV? Or is it just plain stupidity? When confronted with a policeman, how difficult is it to place your hands in a nonthreatening position, speak politely and calmly, and comply with whatever request is made of you?

You never hear of a police brutality case involving a law abidding citizen who did whatever the policeman asked. It`s always the one who has a rapsheet, a chip on their shoulder with something to prove, or doesn`t know when to keep their mouth shut.

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21Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Exactly steelhead. IF he did in fact do it.

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22Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

jermuh :

"stan, all cops dont have a bad reputation among criminals, most criminals know right from wrong and arent upset when some1 arrests them when they r wrong with respect , whites r so willing 2 give other whites the benefit of the doubt ,ie lets not rush 2 judgement, but when Blacks r accused of a crime in ur devilish mind mind he is guilty until proven innocent and then said 2 have gotten away with it"

I have been around the hood a few times . THE COPS ARE HATED ! In the eyes of the HOODRATS justice is getting off scott free .

In THE HOOD theft is noble and killing someone is divine . Drug dealers are classed as bad dudes and you don't mess with them. Why ? Because you will get bumped off . There are no appeals to your death sentence . Stealing to support your drug habit is a way of life .

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23jermuh(16 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

antiypoungstown, u may never hear of law abiding citizens being brutalized by police , we have and c it all the time.....remember rodney resisting arrest and driving 110 miles an hour until the video comes out and shows him resisting arrest by moving while being hit with a baton...is internal affairs capable of investigating fellow officers? sounds like a conflict of interest

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24ldytigger(1 comment)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The comment that only the cops who are doing their job get complaints is stupid. My boyfriend is a cop (Cleveland) and has been for 16 years. He has, every year, been top ticket producer in his district and in all those years only had one complaint filed on him. He is always firm yet courteous to every person he comes in contact with, even when he has the racial thing thrown at him. I agree that we should not say this officer is guilty until IA completes the investigation, but I also can't help thinking that if this officer had tact, poise, and the proper demeanor as an upholder of the law he wouldn't have this number of complaints. But I also know from listening to my boyfriend that there are times he does want to get agressive with people who get mouthy or nasty to him when he is only doing the job he has sworn to do. We should all remember that they are the ones who put their lives on the line for us and it's not like they can say," I see you have a gun. Could you tell me what your intention is?" before they act. Get real! Why don't you try spending 2 hours in an officer's shoes and then tell me how you would react to a hostile situation.

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25Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Did somebody just use the proven edited video of Rodney King as anti-police rhetoric....and THEN refer to him as a law abiding citizen. Look around the suburbs and see what has changed, then see who is always the loudest, rudest, most obnoxious group, then tell me if someone is being singled out, or singling themselves out!

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26wineywoman(78 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This situation is typical of this area. Many of the police here have gotten away with brutality over the years, and nothing has been done to stop it. If we are realistic, we all know that things like this have happened, and unless something besides paid leave is done, it will continue to happen. I personally know retired Youngstown policemen who have laughed while relating stories of their escapades, mis-deeds, and yes, even crimes while in uniform and on duty. I don't know if this particular policeman is guilty of what he's being accused of or not, and neither do any of you. I think he should be investigated, and dealt with according to the law like anyone else. He doesn't get a pass for being abusive because he has a tough job. Let's not forget, he chose this career, and he's not allowed to abuse his authority

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27Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago


Rodney King Beats Cop in Boxing Match
"This is a new chapter in my life," King said in a statement
Updated 3:59 PM EST, Sun, Sep 13, 2009

Rodney King won this round against cops unanimously.

The 44-year old whose beating at the hands of white LAPD officers who were later acquitted sparked deadly race riots in Los Angeles nearly two decades ago was the unanimous winner in a celebrity boxing match outside of Philadelphia.

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28Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Excessive pepper spray? Trying to get into a domestic situation and being withheld? A "tap on the shoulder" and got screamed at? Kicking another women (really)? Excessive pepper spray again?

Come on now. I'm not sticking up for this cop, I did'nt hear both sides yet, but do these really warrant abusive brutality? If these people weren't in a situation to have the cops called then nothing would've happened. Every situation is different every day, every night for the police around the country. There putting there life on the line on every call, even a simple traffic stop. Try thinking about that.
And I for one use to have tons of run ins with the law, and it's amazing, every time I WAS WRONG. Everything is so blown out of proportion, it's a wonder men and women still want a police career.

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29Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

The big question is did the vehicle that Willie Daniel was in have hand controls for a paraplegic ? If Willie was rude to the police officer then he should have expected rudeness in return . If he was beat as he says he was then where is the medical evidence ?

For the Rodney King supporters who cherish the memory of his large award I am amused at you . Rodney blew over 3 mill on drugs booze and partying . Today he is looking for more handouts .

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