Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scuffle Involving Officer in Question; Glynn Police Investigate Incident in Which Woman Thrown to the Ground

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scuffle Involving Officer in Question; Glynn Police Investigate Incident in Which Woman Thrown to the Ground

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | A Glynn County police officer has been placed on administrative duty during an internal affairs investigation of his conduct in a Dec. 5 arrest on St. Simons Island in which a woman was thrown to the ground, the police chief said.

Chief Matt Doering said he had taken officer Kevin Jones off patrol until the investigation is complete.

A YouTube video taken by a civilian shows two officers arresting an elderly woman in the parking lot of the pier village on the island's south end during the night. The video first shows officers lifting the woman from the pavement beside a vehicle.

The video then shows her resisting their efforts to walk her to a patrol vehicle. As two officers push her toward the vehicle, she protests loudly, "You're hurting me,'' and said, "No'' as the officers instructed her to walk to the car.

At the rear of the police car, she fell to the pavement while the civilian videotaped the incident.

Doering said his early investigation showed the incident began when one car struck another in the parking lot.

The woman who caused the accident got out of her car, cursed the people in the other car and then got back into her vehicle as police arrived, he said. She locked the vehicle's doors and refused their orders to get out, Doering said.

"They had to use a Slim Jim to get the door unlocked,'' Deoring said.

The woman fell out her vehicle and Jones got her off the ground and walked her across the parking lot as she resisted, Doering said.

While Jones placed the woman against the back of his patrol car, "she gets very rigid and won't cooperate,'' Doering said.

The woman had already "clawed'' Jones' hand and again sunk her fingernails into his hand causing additional painful, lacerations that drew blood, Doering said.

In the dark, Jones wasn't sure it was her nails so he acted to stop her assault, Doering said. …

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