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Outbursts disrupt sentencing of woman for Youngstown cop assault

Published: Sat, July 21, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



A woman convicted by a jury in June in an altercation with city police at a 2011 traffic stop was sentenced to 330 days in jail, followed by three years’ probation and fined $650 in a raucous courtroom drama.

Desiree Johnson, 45, of West Princeton Avenue, drew the sentence Friday from Judge Robert P. Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Johnson was convicted of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assault on Patrolman Patrick Mulligan and Lt. Kevin Mercer, both of the city police department.

After the judge pronounced sentence, Johnson sobbed and told the judge: “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

As she was being escorted out of the courtroom to begin her jail term, courtroom security personnel restrained spectators who tried to follow her.

The judge then hollered to the spectators: “Everybody sit down, or you’re going to jail ... If you’re not going to be respectful, you’re going to jail.”

Judge Milich had earlier in the hearing postponed the sentencing of Doretha Weston, 35, of Miller Avenue, who was convicted by the same jury of obstructing official business and driving under suspension in the same incident.

Judge Milich postponed her sentencing after he granted her request to discharge her lawyer, William Blanchard, and after Weston, who was then representing herself, said she didn’t understand the court proceedings. The judge reset her sentencing for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 30.

“She does understand, but she’s being obstinate,” said Bassil Ally, an assistant city prosecutor.

After Johnson was sentenced, the judge ordered Weston, who remained in the courtroom as a spectator, to sit in the jury box, and he told her: “One peep out of you, and you’re going to jail.”

Two dozen pickets had appeared Thursday outside city hall to support Johnson, protesting what they said was police harassment of Johnson’s family.

“The officers, Kevin Mercer and Patrick Mulligan, came to my neighborhood around me... I never pursued them. They pursued me,” Johnson told the judge, describing herself as a victim of the officers.

“This incident got out of hand, and I think she understands that,” said Johnson’s lawyer, Michael Gollings, who asked the judge to consider that his client had a “very minimal” prior criminal record.

However, the judge recited a litany of driving under suspension, disorderly conduct, housing code and dog law violation charges that had been filed against her in various jurisdictions, and failures to appear in court, dating back to 1987.

“These ladies have not taken any responsibility for their actions,” Ally told the judge.

“We did everything in this case that we could to keep this at the lowest level possible,” Mercer said, referring to the level of force he and Mulligan used during the incident.

Weston and Johnson “have no respect for authority. They think they can do whatever they want and there will be no consequences,” Mulligan said, calling for maximum level sentencing.

“I shouldn’t get any sentence at all because I haven’t done anything wrong,” Weston said. The officers pulled the women over in the 1700 block of Overland Avenue on March 30, 2011, because Weston failed to signal before turning, police said.

The officers said the women refused to show them their driver’s licenses or exit the car as ordered.

Mercer said he pulled Weston from her car and took her to the ground. He said Johnson dialed 911 to report that he was assaulting Weston and would not get off the phone or exit the car when told to do so.

Reports indicate Mulligan pulled Johnson from the car, and she threw punches, striking both officers, according to Vindicator files.

The women said the officers attacked and beat them, and Johnson said her cellphone was ripped from her hand.

All charges against both women, except obstructing official business, were dropped in April 2011.

However, on March 15, 2012, the officers initiated the resisting arrest and driving under suspension charges against Weston and two counts of assault on a police officer against Johnson.

Jurors deadlocked on the resisting arrest charge against Weston after a three-day trial.

The two women filed a civil lawsuit against the officers and the city in late March in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, saying the new criminal charges were filed in retaliation for an internal affairs complaint and an earlier lawsuit by Johnson.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like some ghetto drama...

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Make them wenches dig county pauper graves.

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3doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

What a pair of ghetto trash losers. Who is the idiot fool representing them in the lawsuit?

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4NoBS(2761 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

And that's what's wrong - they don't recognize that they did anything wrong. They never heard of rules or laws, or doing something you don't want to do, or having the maturity and self-restraint to NOT do something. Not only should they be ashamed, so should their parent(s).

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5oldsouthhighwarrior(24 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

hey doowop ya gotta know there are alot of idiot's who need to try to make money off any of the ghetto trash. if it goes court the cops will know this person. and when he gets pulled over for anything there going to love making hard on them. when they lose the case they will try to get money from ms. ghetto for all the paperwork they file. good luck with that. unless the taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

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6kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

oldsouthside warrior - WHAT did you say? Couldn't get by your thought process for your sentence structure. I just take it you're mad. So are the good people of Y-town who are now surrounded by thugs. Youngstown will never be what it was - plain and simple. It's a different mentality in most parts of town. Truly sad.

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7rob0923(3 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I am so sick of the race card. If you live your life like trash, then except the consequences. The reason that so many people disobey the laws are because of the scum lawyers who at a very high rate get the scum's charges reduced or wiped out. I can see getting a break in sentencing here and there for people that are remorseful for some of their actions, but there are to many people that don't give a damn. Keep being a repeat offender, PAY THE PIPER.

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8redding(20 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Lt. Kevin Mercer is a big bully who leads Officer Patrick Mulligan around by the nose. There's documentation that Mercer threatened Prosecutor, Dana Lantz. He was reprimanded by then Police Chief, Jimmy Hughes. Mercer's own daughter filed complaints against him and her boyfriend did also. Lt. Mercer is a renegade police officer. Documentation about how he uses his rank to bully other officers.

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9whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

yea redding, after years of dealing with trash like these 2, he was well within his rights to do what he did, when these lovely ladies did not follow protocol. take a look at WKBN's photo's the skinny one looked like she had to go pick up a couple of rocks, didnt have time to do some time. Judge is going to slam her for wasting the courts time. Hope he uses her as an example for the rest of these clowns.

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10redding(20 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Does this white part of your name stand for WHITE SUPREMIST? Yeah, that's it! There's more white crackheads than black. They have the most money. Check Boardman, Canfield, Hubbard, Austintown. You'll find all kind of crack moves. They just steal bigger items. Lt. Kevin Mercer needs to be tried and convicted like the rest of the criminals. You don't see black people lurking around white neighborhoods looking for drugs and prostitutes. but, you sure see whites lurking around black neighborhoods trying to find their drug of choice.

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11redding(20 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Straight from Prosecutor Dana Lantz. I'm writing dierctly from her complaint against Lt. Mercer. It's TO: Chief Jimmy Hughes. FROM: Detective Gary Flores, Mahoning County Sheriff's Office. RE: Internal Affairs Complaint Filed by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dana Lantz Against YPD officer Lt. Kevin Mercer. DATE: June 14 2011. Paragraph 3 says: Asst. Pros. Lantz and defense attorney James Dunn had come to an agreement to dismiss the misdemeanor charges against the defendant. The felony charges were being bound over. Lt. Mercer did not approve of how Asst. Pros. Lantz was handling the case according to the Assistant Prosecutor's statement. Asst. Pros. Lantz felt threatened when Lt. Mercer said, "If you dismiss these watch what I do to you." She said at that point she was shocked and shaking because of his threat. his tone , his demeanor and presence. There's 6 more statements from witnesses. Lawyers, Judge Milich's secretary. This man is a danger to himself and to others! He needs to be arrested and charged just like the rest of the criminals!

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12whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Nobody really cares redding. maybe you and a handful of panthers..

Back to searching for some real news.

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13lumper(301 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

eyes bees innosence !!!!!! where dat david betrassss when yous needs him ?? helps me prezidental obama !!!

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14redding(20 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

whitesabbath: you lost this one. If you would like, I can write the rest of the statements from the witnesses who were present when Lt. Kevin threatened Prosecutor, Dana Lantz. Statement from Kevin Mercer who lied on the Prosecutor, Attorney James Dunn, Attorney Terry A. Grenga, Evelyn Ross, Judge Milich's secretary, Det/Sgt P. Kelly, Attorney Mark A. Carfolo. Conclusion to Investigation: and I quote: After questioning and reviewing the statements of the parties involved in this incident, it is my conclusion that Lt. Kevin Mercer acted in an unprofessional and intimidating manner towards Asst. Prosecutor Lantz on April 27, 2011. His actions and behavior are unbecoming of a ranking officer of the Youngstown Police Department. All of the statements that were taken from the witnesses and parties involved are enclosed. This is signed by Detective Gary A. Flores, Mahoning County Sheriff's Office- Internal Affairs. pc: Mayor Jay Williams- City Law Director Iris Guglucello - Internal Affairs Staff Inspector Lt. Brian Butler. do you need more? Mercer is a bad, bad, rogue cop.

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15redding(20 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


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16taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

redding, Normal people have no respect for a person that has no respect for authorities or others. You're obviously related to desiree johnson-redding so why bother coming on here and making a fool out of yourself?

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17whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

LOL @ taxpayer she is a fool., JRolley said the FACTS best on comment 15.

Redding go ahead and write away it will give yourself something better to do anyway. By the way the picture is of a deer, city slicker. Get yourself some free glasses while your at it.

Barely glanced at what you SHOUTED anyway, like I said nobody cares.

Back searching for some worthy news. That mural is awesome in Idora Park.

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18mrblue(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You can't keep skirting around the law. It is now time to pay. If these two are on any kind of government assistance, they should immediately lose it!

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19taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

YBR..if you look at post 11 from crimson with the fb link it is desiree johnson redding. so I'm sure whoever this is posting now is a relative and i'm sure they know her record! that's why I say don't make a fool out of yourself. :o) and whitesabbath the only reason you are a target is because this person is stupid enough to think your name is racist instead of a music group

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20taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

lol dumb blonde moment sabbath..but still

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21kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Like I said before - bring back the chain gangs. There's a lot that needs cleaned up on the streets of Y-town and it fits these two women's job capabilities.

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22taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Well since redding quit posting I'm assuming they are at church with the new black panthers ministry


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23whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I am inclined to believe redding's name is RUTH BOONE REDDING.

That took all of 2 minutes.

Want me to keep digging Ruth?

I wonder if the panthers burn crosses or chant kill whitey.,,,

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24taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

keep digging ws

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25oldsouthhighwarrior(24 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

fd6636 what i mean to say. if the cops pull over the attorney who sues the cops will love to make his or her miserable for anything they can. after i saw what i wrote i understand were your coming from.also ghetto does not mean black.

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26Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You are nearing old age. Quit acting like 12 year olds. Take the darn traffic stop. Take the ticket for not turning on your turn signal.
If you are suing police officers, make sure you follow all traffic rules.
The brawl when they stopped you?
Unhelpful to your cause.

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27Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Is it just me or is anyone else tired of these animals! To think that we pay to feed them and house them through welfare and they wont even behave. When they leave the ghetto they go out of there way to being load, obnoxious, and rude purposely ruining everyone else day around them

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28IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Judge Milich for Governor!!!

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29LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"Beat all the white trash!
Beat who ever you see!
we don't need a reason!
We're with the Y.P.D.!"

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30Empathetic(11 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

COUSIN REDDING: Most of us know there have been plenty of instances where policeman have overstepped their boundaries and caused situations to get out of control. However, I do not see this as one of those times. These woman were defiant AND breaking several laws. So what does what this policeman previously did to Prosecutor Lantz have ANYTHING to do with this case or how these people behaved?

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31redgpgtp(37 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You IDIOTS on here need to stop grouping people together like that. You act like a bunch of school kids who know no better, well, in retrospect, some of you don't know any better and are ignorant as hell. I am not gonna mention any particular ethnic group but you know who you are.

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32webad(156 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Check your comments, you Youngstown redneck scum. This is the last straw. There's no surprise that you've been dead in the water for decades. You deserve all the poison air and water now stinking up your guts and lungs. Plus, all you disgracianos are dragging the reputations of the good Y-town folks down the toilet with you. Your numb-skulled nasty blabber about your fellow human beings is disgusting. Eat your cancer, you dopes. What goes around comes around.

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33Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


"This is the last straw."

I really doubt this is the "last straw", for there will be another crime, robbery, homicide, fights and on and on and on. And then they'll protest all over again, saying how there targeted or mistreated, bring in the X and the Black Panthers, no Jesse though, he's tied up right now, and on and on and on again. It's like a endless cycle with people like this in case you haven't noticed.

Quit blaming EVERYONE else, blame the person doing the crime. Don't do crime and you don't have to worry about judges, cops, lawyers, courts, prosecutors, etc. So simple.
smh at such stupidity in society today.

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34webad(156 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

..... short,

Then maybe you should take some accountability for perpetuating the root of the problems you now complain about. Sounds like you've done zero to level the playing field. If our race's whip crackers had paid the Blacks for their labor, instead of working them for free ... then they'd have had the same opportunity for at least as decent an education as has been available to us 'for generations'. I'm not blaming EVERYONE, cracker ... just you, who doesn't have the insight to recognize whose daddy's to blame for your current problems. Why don't you quit complaining and do something positive to better their and, by extension, your conditions.

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35Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


"If our race's whip crackers had paid the Blacks for their labor, instead of working them for free ... then they'd have had the same opportunity for at least as decent an education as has been available to us 'for generations'."

Excuses, nothing but Excuses. Past is OVER or didn't you realize that? Blacks have EVERY opportunity to better themselves in society today. Ever hear of being held accountable for your OWN actions, instead of making excuses. Didn't think so.

"then they'd have had the same opportunity for at least as decent an education as has been available to us 'for generations'."

Hate to break the news to you, but they do have alot more "opportunities" that other races don't have. So once again, quit the excuses, there getting so old.

"I'm not blaming EVERYONE, cracker ... just you, who doesn't have the insight to recognize whose daddy's to blame for your current problems."

Name calling? So childish. I take accountability for all my problems, I don't make excuses or blame anyone else for my problems, but me. Not that you understand that concept.

"Why don't you quit complaining and do something positive to better their and, by extension, your conditions."

Read my past comments about my prison time and talking at schools and the county jail about the dangers of drinking and drugging. So you see I do positive thing, but unlike you, I don't go off the deep end or make excuses or blame everyone else. I only need to look in the mirror. Comprehend?

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36whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Bad sounds like a blubbering, (FULL OF BULL),politician-back woods preacher.

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37howard37(5 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

redding, perhaps the reason blacks don't "lurk" in white neighborhoods looking for drugs and prostitutes is because blacks can get all they want in their own neighborhoods Too bad you ffolks didn't live in Youngstown when it was a great city. Since the Blacks took over it ran down hill from 167 thousand people to about 67 thousand. The other 100 thousand whites and good blacks left the misery.

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