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Cop fired in case of paraplegic beating seeks reinstatement

Published: Sat, July 23, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



A former city police officer, who was fired a year ago in the alleged beating of a paraplegic, has appealed to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court an arbitrator’s ruling upholding his termination.

The arbitrator, Jerry A. Fullmer, upheld in May the June 2010 firing of Robert Jolliff, who was accused of dragging and punching Willie Daniel of High Street.

In the appeal filed Thursday, Jolliff said the city and the arbitrator failed to compare the excessive force complaint against Jolliff to other excessive force claims made against other city police officers and failed to consider Jolliff’s “exemplary record” concerning his performance and conduct over his 10 years with the city police department.

The appeal asks the common pleas court to vacate Fullmer’s decision and order Jolliff reinstated with back pay and full seniority and benefits retroactive to his June 8, 2010, termination.

City Law Director Iris Torres Guglucello declined to comment Friday on Jolliff’s appeal, which is assigned to Judge John M. Durkin.

Daniel complained he was assaulted when police responded to a single- vehicle accident in the 700 block of Wilson Avenue, in which an SUV crashed into a fence on Feb 27, 2010.

In Youngstown Municipal Court, Daniel pleaded no contest to a first-degree misdemeanor criminal charge of having physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated in that incident.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said he fired Jolliff “because of the allegations of excessive force and conduct unbecoming an officer.” The chief added that he believed Jolliff was not truthful in his comments during the police department’s internal affairs investigation.

The IA report found Jolliff used excessive force in dragging Daniel from the SUV and punching him in the face as he lay in the snow behind the vehicle, and it cited a polygraph that showed Jolliff was deceptive in his answers to several questions.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Until Police Chief Jimmy Hughes is replaced as chief Robert Jolliff is perma non grata .

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years ago

"Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said he fired Jolliff “because of the allegations of excessive force and conduct unbecoming an officer.”

Yea like this useless Police Chief knows what he is talking about. Idiot.

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3foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years ago


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4steelwagon(284 comments)posted 5 years ago

Just another no neck out of control fat head.
While I'm sure old Willie is no saint that doesn't give the cops the right to beat his crippled a$$

This fat head Jolly Jolliff according to his own boss is untruthful i.e.a liar who overstepped his authority.

His actions are not only unprofessional they also spread fear of the police to law abiding citizens not to mention the money his actions have cost the city.

Once a bully always a bully and now he wants his job back with full seniority,benefits and back pay ?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Willie Daniels should be hired as a liaison between tha hood and YPD . He would be of a great help in reviewing what cases are warrantless and should be dropped .


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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

dodge2002 :

Chief Jimmy Hughes made the decision to fire Robert Jolliff . To be blunt, I really don't care what Jolliff did or didn't do . I have said right along that as long as Willie Daniels driving while drunk using a stick for the foot pedals is a no big deal then the city should purchase him a wheelchair van with hand controls . This would alleviate the public being at risk from his driving . Throw in a cooler with a months supply of malt liquor to help quench his thirst . They have saved plenty of money that would normally have went toward Jolliff's salary to do so .

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