A white Ohio police officer has been fired after a department investigation found he conducted an unwarranted traffic stop on his teen daughter’s boyfriend, who is black, reports the Chronicle-Telegram. Lorain police officer John Kovach Jr. was fired last month for violating the department’s standards of conduct during the April 16 incident in Lorain, about 30 miles west of Cleveland, the paper reports.
In bodycam video, Kovach can be heard ordering the young man to get out of the car and telling him, “You’re going to jail,” not responding when the teen repeatedly asks him, “For what?”
The officer later temporarily detains the boy and his daughter, both 18, in his squad car and is heard saying, “We’ll make (expletive) up as we go.”
The paper obtained documents related to the dismissal which said Kovach’s actions warranted “immediate dismissal.” In a memo obtained by the paper, police chief Cel Rivera said the actions were “an abuse of police authority and a serious departure from appropriate protocol…they are contrary to the mission, values and policies of the Lorain Police Department.”
According to the paper, Kovach pulled over the car with a driver and three passengers in it outside of a home without alerting dispatch. He then tells the driver, his daughter’s boyfriend Makai Coleman, to get out of the car because he’s “going to jail.”
“Have a seat in my car. We’ll make (expletive) up as we go,” he said.
Kovach appears to be looking for his daughter, and doesn’t realize that she is one of the backseat passengers.
The boy sits in the squad car. The mother of two of the teens in the car, Gloria Morales, comes outside of a home and talks to Kovach. He asks Morales if his daughter is in her house, and when she says no, he asks why his daughter’s computer is in her house.
“If I check and you’re lying to me, you’re going to jail,” he says.
He reportedly later told fellow officers he tracked the girl’s computer to Morales’ home because he believed she was suicidal and wanted to take her to the hospital, the paper reports, citing documents related to the firing. He reportedly said he waited at Morales’ home and pulled Coleman’s car over when he saw it.
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SOURCE: CBS News