YPD to review policies after officer-involved fight, no internal affairs review
Editor's Note: The story has been modified to correct the information after Lt. Rod Foley said an internal investigation would be taking place over the incident.
Lt. Brian Butler of the Youngstown Police Department Internal Affairs told 21 News that there would be no internal affairs investigation after words between a police officer and a man asking to speak with Police Chief Carl Davis that escalated into an altercation between the two.
Butler said the police department would review its policies after the incident but clarified that there would be no internal investigation into the matter.
Following an assault on a police officer in the lobby of the Youngstown Police Department last week, YPD says it is "actively considering" additional Crisis Intervention Team training which they hope will allow officers to de-escalate similar situations in the future.
On Thursday, September 14th, 25-year-old Keishaun Sims of Austintown entered the Youngstown Police Department and demanded to speak with a manager. The officer on duty attempted to ask Sims to leave, but was unsuccessful according to a YPD report.
The officer then told Sims he believed Sims needed mental care, which aggravated Sims. The officer went to the lobby to try and converse with Sims, at which point Sims allegedly began striking the officer in the face and head.
Other officers nearby were able to quickly intervene and break up the fight, footage of which was obtained by 21 News.
In a release on Tuesday, YPD said that "neither party suffered severe injuries," and that "as part of our commitment to enhancing our response, we are actively considering additional Crisis Intervention Team Training," which they hope will aid officers in deescalating potentially volatile situations.
"The Youngstown Police Department remains committed to fostering trust and cooperation within the community and will take all necessary steps to ensure that incidents like these are handled with the utmost professionalism and care," the release says.
Following an assault on a police officer in the lobby of the Youngstown Police Department last week, YPD says it is "actively considering" additional Crisis Intervention Team training which they hope will allow officers to deescalate similar situations in the future.