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South Side man sues city and five police officers, alleging excessive force

Published: Thu, January 17, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



A South Side man has sued the city and five of its police officers, alleging that they used excessive force in apprehending him in a traffic stop near his residence.

The city law director said the police acted properly and the city expects to prevail in court.

Edward Bratton, 59, of West Chalmers Avenue, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The suit, which seeks more than $725,000 in damages and demands a jury trial, is assigned to Judge Maureen A. Sweeney.

Besides the city, the lawsuit names as defendants police officers Russell Davis, Richard Baldwin, Nicholas Bailey, David Wilson and Jeffrey Roberts.

In his lawsuit, Bratton said police tried to stop him as he rode his bicycle with his dog following alongside at Warren Avenue and Hillman Street at 9 a.m. Jan. 31, 2012.

Police followed him home, grabbed him from his bicycle and tackled him, and one officer drew his gun and pointed it at Bratton’s chest, the suit alleges.

Police slammed his head and pushed his face into the ground before handcuffing him behind his back and placing him in a holding cell for more than five hours, the suit says.

Bratton “had to undergo intensive medical treatment” for face, back and shoulder injuries “and continues to suffer excruciating physical pain and emotional distress” as a result of the confrontation, the suit alleges.

In his report of Bratton’s arrest, Davis said he pulled his cruiser alongside Bratton and told him he intended to cite him for not having the dog on a leash.

Bratton turned around, ignored multiple police orders to stop, and resisted arrest before being subdued, the report said.

Bratton suffered a minor cut on his nose and was evaluated by an ambulance crew at the arrest scene and later by a jail nurse.

Appearing before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court, Bratton pleaded no contest to violating the leash law and obstructing official business and was fined $200 and put on six months’ probation.

“It’s been investigated. The officers acted appropriately, and we expect to prevail,” said Anthony Farris, city law director.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Edward trying to get some easy money. Edward's been busted for Stolen property, stealing, workers comp. and has a open case he owes Citibank $4,300. Edward seems like the type of dude that don't like to work and always trying to make money the easy way. Hopefully they throw this case out. Can't believe going to waste the taxpayers money, judges time and everyone involved in this stupid lawsuit. Get a JOB Edward. lmfao

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2jcolmon1283(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Your so racist u comment on all tha things blacks got something to do wit but never comment on whites doin stuff ok so he trying to get some money why u aint comment on the white couple that went burgularizing peoples homes with the kids in the car thats way worse than suing the police.

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3redeye1(5661 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

jcolmon You are part of the reason this city is so screwed up. Here's a guy ( probably like you) who doesn't work. he be caught with stolen property,stealing ( just the white couple) who 's suing the city because he won't follow the laws. Give me a break!

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4kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Both cases involved idiots. Trash has no color. Both parties are wrong regardless of color. Period.

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5sweetiepie(15 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

SMDH! obviously, officers responding to something so frivilous as this when the homicide rate is through the roof is unbelievable! no drugs, no weapons, just a victim in your own damn neighborhood! I guess the officer didn't want to put real work in because he damn sure rolled by several drug houses and dealers and opted for the law abiding elder citizen riding his bike/walking his dog at 9:00am... where's the love?

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


I didn't even know he was black when I commented. So leave your stupid a@# overused, idiot "racist" sh@# to yourself. It's getting so OLD playing that stupid racism card. Get over it and move on, it's 2013, not slave days anymore. Come up with something original for once. smh at such stupidity in society today!


"Assuming its true , was it necessary to pull him off his bicycle, slam his face into the ground , pull a gun on him & keep him in a cell for 5 hours for a minor offence ? "

Key word there, Assuming it's true, do you really think a police officer would waste his time on doing all that for not having a lease on a dog. You that gullible?

You people are funny.

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7jcolmon1283(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I have a white girlfriend so im far from racist and i have a wonderful job all im sayin is if yall pay attention when its a black crime or a shooting in the city some of yall write tha most craziest things like lock these animals up etc. and when its a white crime no one says anything like the white couple who commited burglary and had their children with them now that's horrible that aint right im the only one that commented on that but if it was a black couple yall would bring up government assistance or some other crazy stuff and if you dont believe me jus go back and look at the comments and yoy guys will see what im talking about

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8Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


So what are you saying? Everyone comments when a black person does something and nothing when a white person does? When it comes to violence and criminals it's not a WHITE or BLACK thing. The majority of the time you don't even know the race.
Once again, your argument is baseless and a waste of time. And just because you have a white girlfriend don't mean your not a racist (Isn't that what the blacks always say when it's reversed) White guy, black friends/girlfriend.

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9jcolmon1283(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

U tha one calling us animals yea i checked ya comments and if u dont think u a racist then im married to kate Middleton before yall judge me read life2shorts comments and u be the judge. Talking bout u aint a racist yeah fu....g right....

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

So how do you like being married to Kate Middleton? Get off your "racist" BS and move forward in life. Not everything or everybody is "racist". I'm not going to get in your idiotic "race" bait. So me ONE example of stupid innuendo. Your not worth my time. Comprehend?

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11sweetiepie(15 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

YoungstownBornRaised uh what planet are you from? when OFFICERS are in training they are not told to look for little things and make traffic stops. otherwise there would be no need for police a neighboorhood watch can do that! lazy officers who are punks and scared of a real encounter look for a dog on a leash in a drug/gun infested city. a crime happens in the police face and they decided they're a patrol officer, they then need a desk position! LMAO fool!!

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