Officer Refuses To Help Partners In Fight With Violent Suspect

HollyMatkin

Two of his coworkers were injured as the officer chatted with paramedics.

Cleveland, OH – A Cleveland police officer who stood idly by as his partners got into a physical altercation with a combative man was heard on bodycam video telling others in the area that he wasn’t going to get involved, because he didn’t want to end up having to do extra paperwork or to be involved in a use-of-force investigation.

The video, shot in November of 2017, showed the other officers as they struggled with subdue a man who was having a mental health crisis and had threatened police, WJW reported.

Instead of helping his partners, the unnamed Cleveland Police Department (CPD) officer left them to handle the situation, and casually wandered down the street to chitchat with paramedics.

“I don’t want to go hands on,” the officer chuckled as he neared the ambulance. “I don’t want none of that cause I don’t want to do any of that ‘Blue Team’ and be under investigation.”

According to WJW, the “Blue Team” refers to paperwork and internal reviews into use-of-force incidents.

“I don’t want no parts of that,” the officer said.

Two of the officers were injured during the altercation, and the officer’s inaction has made him the focus of an internal investigation.

The same officer was already the subject of an investigation in December of 2017, after he posted a video of himself in uniform as he drove around making an obscene gesture as he danced to a song with the lyrics, “F**k the police.”

His actions in both incidents left his fellow officers infuriated, WJW reported.

A disciplinary hearing regarding both of the incidents has been held, but no internal decisions have been made.

“No excuses,” Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer told WJW. “Lessons learned. He realized he made some mistakes.”

Comments (46)
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bronx163
bronx163

First if you dont help your partner whos in a fight for his life, then you are fucking loser and should have the shit kicked out of
you. And then you should be fired.

Luv2Read19
Luv2Read19

Some mistakes? Lessons learned? His co-workers just learned a valuable lesson themselves. 😑

Marybeth1959
Marybeth1959

Disgrace

RetFF
RetFF

This officer can not be trusted anymore. Public Safety officers MUST protect each other. I am a Retired Firefighter/Paramedic and on the scene, I HAVE jumped in to assist Police Officers. If this Officer failed to assist his fellow Officers, how would he feel if he was the one that needed assistance?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

He needs another job........what a jerk

Ace17
Ace17

Great peice Holly

dfnizzi
dfnizzi

I've seen a few officers act like this. They were either cowards or wound up becoming administrators. Fire them.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Let us know what happens the next time he calls for help.

MichaelP
MichaelP

About the time I retired from the department there were several reports of officers driving away from, “Officer in need of aide” calls. There is no room in a department for people like that.

eman2000
eman2000

One word! COWARD, I don't care what definition or spin he puts on it. He's a piece of Shit and should be taken out to the gas pumps and dealt with accordingly. But hey I from Old School Cop College. After he got his balls beat in he'd never do that agaian or he'd quit.

Westisthebest20
Westisthebest20

Motherfuckin preach! I have had helped hem a mentally unstable PT who was twice the size of the officer. He gets that pistol we are ALL fucked. I dont care, I'll jump in on or off duty.

DLWalt
DLWalt

What a disgrace to the badge. If he's on the CPD much longer, he may find himself in need of his brother's & sister's. Payback is a bitch. Bet he didn't serve in our Military. I wouldn't trust him to do a desk job. He's NOT a 1st Responder or very bright. Wearing a "uniform" can be an ego trip for sum. One's fit to wear a "uniform" understand the responsibility & pride they have in helping ppl. He only knows how to help himself. Feel bad for the Paramedics who had to listen to this coward. Gone Guy.....

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Part of the damage of the "Ferguson Effect" created by Obama, BLM and supersized by the NFL is de-policing. It has made police shy of getting involved in a physical altercation with a person of privileged pigmentation. Not only has this meant less proactive policing and more violent crime it has even corrupted the all for one and one for all ethic in the ranks as this case indicates.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

because he wouldnt help his friends, i wouldnt trust him, worth beans!! why did he become an officer, to help, right??? so, he needed to go and help, for crying out loud!!! what, he didnt want to get his body, injured???? that is not acceptable, to me!!! GO AND HELP YOUR FRIENDS, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! YES, HE IS A BIG COWARD!! BUT I AM SORRY I HAD TO SAY THAT, BUT HE ACTED COWARDLY!!!!!!!!THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY IN NOT HELPING YOUR FRIENDS, THEY NEEDED YOU, HELP THEM!!!! i hope the other officers, were ok. And i believe that he will soon see, that he does not wear that uniform anymore.

RunCop
RunCop

Affirmative action hire

Poileas
Poileas

What call, I was sneez'n an' did'n hear noth'n.

Hmbfoxtail
Hmbfoxtail

OMG there is no excuse for not helping your brother or sister in blue except DEATH! As a female Deputy I had to work harder to gain the respect of my coworkers. I have been retired due to a work related injury for 8 yrs. I know being a LEO is different after the Obama PC bullshit but this is inexcusable. This officer needs to be parking cars or better yet bussing tables someplace. What a piece of SHIT! I can tell you when I was working patrol if he worked at our agency he would be alone and NEVER have back up, KARMA is a bitch and she remembers everything!

billeads
billeads

This officer needs to be fired immediately without any benefits.

PHX_EMTnLEO
PHX_EMTnLEO

He needs to be charged with malingering and failure to render aid. This piece of shit in uniform is not an officer just a joke wearing a costume and should also face charges for impersonating an officer. When the day comes he needs assistance because he is in a fight for his life everyone will remember how helpful he was when needed and he will, unfortunately, have a funeral with full honors that he doesn’t deserve.

cspcapt
cspcapt

tell him to get another job=coward

CJnana
CJnana

He’s done, go work at Burger King ! Blue has your back otherwise you are just a coward pussy and don’t deserve a badge !!

lcart000
lcart000

Poser!! He is sullying the term officer. Send him to flip burgers.

CoopSquadGuy
CoopSquadGuy

What a waste of flesh

joegyomory
joegyomory

Lesson learned my ass. At the very least he should be fired.

NFPD103
NFPD103

Sadly this is the kind of officer you end up with when you investigate every single action of police officers as the preform their jobs. This guy will get more officers hurt before someone in political power decides to fire this joke of a officer.why ? because his type are the kind they have been looking to hire for sometime. A do nothing no nothing cop a mall guard on patrol.

mvg95101
mvg95101

What a POS! I am a retired cop and have been in this same situation where my partner stood by with his hands in his pockets while I went toe to toe with a suspect. I never worked another shift with him again, as I could not depend on him to help. But since most of us respect the job, I would say that we would all jump in and assist the POS who left us hanging in the event they needed help. Wouldn’t want to, but we’d do it because we respect the brotherhood.

TJ63
TJ63

I worked on the street for a while and then went into corrections. I was told by the Lt. In the prison that as long as I was in black and white ( training ) that I was to stand aside if anything happened. Well I was working in the lunchroom one day and a inmate decided to beat up on one of the officers another officer just stood by and watched. The inmate got the officer on the ground and was waiting on him while I jumped in and grab the inmates head face down between my knees call Sydney inmate to stand down, and I was reprimanded for it. I told the lieutenant and I told the sergeant there was no way I was going to stand by and let that guy beat the hell out of another officer

TJ63
TJ63

This POS needsto be fired and charged

LAWJAMS
LAWJAMS

Craig Kirk WTF... CRAZIES... IF HE TOOK MY CLASS CRAW UP POLICY 'S ASS AND THE WRITERS ASS AND, HAVE HEARINGS...
THATS SO DAMN CRAZY...Someone is responsible for the construction insurance and writing of the policy,,,, The real question is who????

libbie
libbie

Fire him!!!!

JDMoss
JDMoss

What a pussy!..if you want to hang around with the paramedics, take the classes and become one because as a LEO, you're less than worthless!

karen007
karen007

Next time there's an emergency comes up and he needs his fellow officers lets see if they help his ass. They should take his badge and kick him to the curb.

Marine1958
Marine1958

I'm not a cop but retired Marine, and someone like this is a greater threat to the police then in my opinion the bad guys. He needs to be shit canned.

BillyBob123
BillyBob123

Rip his badge off his chest coward p.o.s.

rover77
rover77

hmm..let me guess he has a special dispensation for these incidents

Crockett
Crockett

This officer deserves to have his badge ripped from his uniform and fired.... As a civilian if I witnessed an officer in need of help I would not hesitate to assist. It's the right thing to do, apparently his partner disagrees...

Righton17
Righton17

Photo please!

KitFileding
KitFileding

"The same officer was already the subject of an investigation in December of 2017, after he posted a video of himself in uniform as he drove around making an obscene gesture as he danced to a song with the lyrics, “F**k the police.” I would bet this police officer was hired only because of the Affirmative Action program.

akonaboy
akonaboy

If you can't do the job, take the badge off and go home!

literalreality
literalreality

I'm sure he'd fit right in with some of Broward County's "finest".

COMBAT101ST
COMBAT101ST

There is always that 2% that just don't get it.

Condor3631
Condor3631

He’s the one that makes all officers look bad!! They need to fire his ass!! I feel bad for the other 2 officers i hope they both have fully recovered. Get rid of him!!!


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