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Youngstown officers fired over brutality allegations

Willie Daniel Willie Daniel

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Two Youngstown police officers are off the job following an investigation into allegations involving police brutality.

Officers Robert Joliff and Jay Fletcher were both fired from the department amid accusations involving the beating and dragging of a disabled man.

Chief Jimmy Hughes said both officers have had complaints filed against them prior to the incident involving wheelchair-bound Youngstown resident Willie Daniel.

"Willie Daniel, his complaint was use of force, police brutality you could say. He alleges he was struck multiple times by Joliff and dragged in the streets without assistance coming from officer Joliff or any officers there," Hughes said.

Daniel said he wasn't sure how the investigation would be handled, but is happy with the dismissals.

"After it occurred, I was kind of skeptical about the police, but I had faith all of them ain't like that. But it shocked me that one officer would be like that, though," Daniel said.

Attorney David Betras, who is representing Daniel, said there are still issues that need to be resolved.

"One part of the case is over with, but there's a civil component to the case and there's a criminal component to the case, but I think we're going to come to a global resolution on all the issues and my client and the city can put this behind them and both of them move on," Betras said.

Daniel still has a civil action pending against the city for alleged civil rights violations and he still faces a DUI charge.

Daniel's wife faces charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Two other officers may still face disciplinary action over the alleged incident, as well.

Both Joliff and Fletcher can appeal their terminations.

 

 

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