VIDEO: Officer Fired After Illegally Detaining Daughter's Boyfriend On Camera

A Lorain police officer was fired after he stopped his daughter's boyfriend and detained him without cause.

Lorain, OH – A 16-year veteran of the Lorain Police Department was fired after an internal investigation determined he’d abused his authority when he temporarily detained his 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend in his patrol vehicle (video below).

Lorain Police Officer John Kovach told his officials that he’d stopped the car of 18-year-old Makai Coleman because he was worried about his daughter, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

According to the complaint filed by Lieutenant Dan Smith, Officer Kovach said he believed his daughter to be suicidal at the time, and was trying to find her to take her to the hospital.

He also said that Coleman, his daughter’s boyfriend, had made a social media post that joked about turning his daughter out as a prostitute.

But his department said Officer Kovach took fatherly concern a step too far when he performed a traffic stop in uniform to find out where his daughter was.

“These actions are not acceptable for members of our Police Department and we felt it warranted immediate dismissal,” Lorain Safety-Service Director Dan Given told The Chronicle-Telegram.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on April 16, when Officer Kovach initiated a traffic stop on a car driven by Coleman without notifying dispatch.

The incident was captured by the dashcam mounted in the officer’s patrol unit.

In the video, Officer Kovach pulled over a silver car on a residential street. Then he got out of his patrol vehicle and walked all the way around the vehicle.

The officer stopped and opened the driver’s car door.

“You can get out. You’re going to jail,” Officer Kovach told Coleman in the video.

“For what?” his daughter’s boyfriend asked.

“Just go sit in my car. We’ll make s--t up as we go,” Officer Kovach said as Coleman walked to his police vehicle and got in the back seat without any resistance.

At that point, the passenger in the front seat of Coleman’s car got out, and Officer Kovach rushed over to talk to her, saying he hadn’t told her she could get out of the car.

The video showed Officer Kovach interrogated the girl, asking if her parents knew that his daughter was in their home, and saying that he’d tracked his daughter’s computer to her house.

In the meantime, as this was happening, the dispatcher could be heard calling for Officer Kovach to respond to a call about an armed person at a road rage incident, but the officer appeared to ignore the call, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

Afterward, the complaint said Officer Kovach told Lt. Dan Smith he had called another officer after receiving the call and had been told his presence wasn’t needed. However, his department said there was nothing in the dashcam video to indicate that he had made any such call.

The video showed the mother of the girl in the front seat and another passenger in the back seat, Gloria Morales, arrived and confronted Officer Kovach about what was happening. The traffic stop occurred directly in front of Morales’ house.

Although the entire exchange cannot be seen on the video, it can be heard it its entirety.

Officer Kovach asked Morales if his daughter was inside her house. Initially, she said he could check. But after he threatened to arrest her if she was lying, Morales told him he could not search her home without a warrant.

Then he threatened to give her daughter an expensive seatbelt ticket, the video showed.

Morales got very upset and said she was going to call 911 and report Officer Kovach.

“Call 911 you’re going to jail. This is not an emergency,” he replied.

Then all of a sudden, the officer spotted his missing daughter in the backseat of the silver car he’d stopped.

“I didn’t even see you. Get out of the car!” he ordered 18-year-old Katlyn Kovach.

He told Morales she could go and take her children with her. And then he marched his own daughter to his police vehicle.

“Goodbye. Goodbye,” Officer Kovach said to Coleman, after he opened the door of the police cruiser, indicating the man should get out of his vehicle.

“Get in my car,” he told his daughter.

“You can’t. You can’t take me. I am 18,” Katlyn argued with her father. An altercation ensued and Katlyn began shrieking as her father shoved her into the back of his police vehicle, the video showed.

“You can’t do this,” she screamed repeatedly.

Coleman tried to argue with Officer Kovach, but the officer shut him down.

"She said she was going to kill herself on Friday. We’re going to the hospital,” Officer Kovach said after he shut the back door.

When he got into the patrol unit and drove away with his daughter, they started arguing over when exactly she’d threatened to kill herself, the video showed.

Lt. Smith and Lorain Police Sergeant Timothy Thompson went to Officer Kovach’s house to place him on administrative leave later that evening. They took his gun, credentials and police vehicle, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.

The department’s internal investigation found that Officer Kovach had violated the department’s standards of conduct when he initiated the traffic stop on Coleman without cause, when he threatened to arrest Morales, when he took Coleman into custody, when he said he would make up charges against Coleman, and when he failed to back up the other officer on tje traffic stop.

They also said Officer Kovach violated policy when he used his police authority to locate his daughter, and when he failed to tell dispatch that he was making a traffic stop, The Chronicle-Telegraph reported.

A panel made up of three captains reviewed the findings of the internal investigation, and referred the matter to the city’s safety service director for disciplinary action because of the severity of the charges.

“Since the chief of police can only discipline personnel by suspension to a level of three days, the board feels strongly that the matter should be moved to the level of Safety Service Director for disciplinary action,” said an interoffice memo obtained by The Chronicle-Telegraph. “This is due to the very serious nature of the violations, which rise to the level of gross misconduct, place the Police Department in a position of liability, and could result in discipline up to and including termination.”

Director Given held a pre-disciplinary hearing on May 9, and served Officer Kovach with notice of termination on May 11, The Chronicle-Telegraph reported.

The Fraternal Order of Police said former Officer Kovach has contested his firing through the grievance process.

Watch the traffic stop involving Coleman and the officer’s daughter in the video below:

Comments (29)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

What a dumbfuck.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Stupid tactics but he is right to fear for the welfare of his daughter. She is a dead woman walking and will be most likely abused and eventually murdered by her boyfriend. Considering what he sees on his job he was right to be alarmed by this: "He also said that Coleman, his daughter’s boyfriend, had made a social media post that joked about turning his daughter out as a prostitute." I guess he should have let her learn the hard way and kept his job.

RunCop
RunCop

Girl you lie with dogs and you’re gonna get fleas!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I understand the concern for your daughter but she is 18 and you abused your authority and job!! They had no choice but to fire you.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg Aside from her being an adult and making her own decisions, in what way was she in danger? And her boyfriend's post was a joke not to be taken seriously at all. You're connecting dots that aren't there.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If he really feared for his daughter's safety then he should have handled the matter in a different way. I suspect that he did not fear for his daughter's safety, but, rather, was trying to punish the boyfriend for making the joke about pimping out the daughter. Police officers have some power by virtue of their status, but there are limits to this power that must be respected.

Marxest
Marxest

While he did step out of line and abuse his authority, I don't think he should have been axed. The officer should have a lecture and reprimand followed a suspension without pay. The officer should have another officer confront the teen to avoid a conflict of interest and impropriety.

esarhaddon
esarhaddon

Iffy, but I do congratulate Blue Lives Matter for showing this even though it possibly shows an Unseemly side of affairs. Reality!

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

I yiy yiy

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

White women who marry black men are 12 times more likely to be murdered by their spouse than white women who marry white men. For non spousal intimate relationship,s this danger it is even higher. Most white girls and women who are sex slaves/prostitutes have black pimps. (Just the facts Ma'am.) So the cop who probably saw this interracial metric in his work had a right to be concerned about his daughter.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg You have a track record of pulling facts out of your ass. Where are you getting these figures from?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Researching the interracial murder rates white women married to black men is largely taboo in today's repressive PC atmosphere but there are some old studies done before this censorship started that shows this trend. https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.79.5.595 If you look at table 3 you will see that white women married to black men(Interracial) have 12.4 times the risk ratio of being murdered than when married to white men (intraracial) This is just one of many reasons why interracial relationships between white women and black men are dangerous to white women.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg Table 3, for reference.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg You're using "ratio" in order to skew your language. You don't use ratio to say "12.4 times more" of something. That's rate, and rate and ratio are not the same. I digress.

This table shows me that by far, the most endangered element in your study was white women married to white men, followed black men married to black women. Those parentheses next to the numbers show how many homicide victims were reported.

Forgiving that this data is more than 30 years old and you're speaking to it like it's current, your data shows that women in general are at a higher risk of homicide by their husbands (duh), and that white women are at significantly higher risk of being murdered by their white husbands than anyone else (also duh). Second, black men are murdered by their black wives is the second-greatest cause of death.

IN SHORT: your report shows white women are most at risk when with white men, and women kill their husbands in retaliation for domestic abuse

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

LOL! You really are quite stupid. You obviously dont know the difference between interracial(different races) and intraracial.(same race)

According to the table, white wives in interracial marriages are murdered at a rate of 17.4 per 100,000 by their black husbands and 1.4 per 100,000 by their white husbands. So as I said earlier white women married to black men have 12 times the risk of being murdered by their husband as white women married to white men.

You read the data backward.

Try to keep up.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg You're reading ratios. Those are mathematical approximations.

The numbers in parentheses tell you exactly how many died, and by whose hand. There's no approximation there. The actual data tells a totally different story. One that you realize is bad and choose not to acknowledge.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Boo

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

HCD. A ratio is not a mathematical approximation. It is a "ratio", an exact mathematical comparison.

And that comparison shows that white women are 12.4 times more likely to be murdered by black spouses as they are by white spouses.

LOL! Not only do you not know the meaning of the words "interracial" and "intraracial",you don't know the meaning of the word "ratio".

BTW, what was your major in college? Afro American Mathematics?

What will be your next position? That "ratios" are racist?

It is time for you to play the Race Card. It is all you have left

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg

Do me a favor? Read the Abstract of your report again. There's a sentence in there that reads "Black husbands were at greater risk of spouse homicide victimization than Black wives or White spouses of either sex."

Now, either you're just fucking with me to keep this argument going, or you honestly don't understand what Table 3 is telling you. And if you dont get it, i understand. Probability and Statistics are hard.

Do you see how their statement correlates to the lowest risk ratio belonging to black husbands, at 0.7? If you'd like a summary of this whole report, it's that white men are by far the most violent out of all surveyed, which doesn't surprise me one bit.

I'll let you think the statement over for a bit and get back to me. By the way, what was your major in your GED class, "Numbers R Fun"?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg upon another read, it also shows that black couple violence took a dip and trended downward while white couple violence remained steady. Being that this data is really old, I'd bet that white couples are much more violent than black couples today.

Bottom line looks to be if youre involved with a white man, your odds of violent encounters are highest. I could have told you that without this study.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg I got another one, GED. Fine print in Table 3 says rates were found by dividing by the population. If this chart is treating everyone like a unit (the deaths in parentheses) wouldn't that make the ratios for blacks much larger,being that blacks are much smaller in population and therefore a smaller number to decide by? Feel free to correct me if you think I'm interpreting that incorrectly.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

LOL! You are grasping at straws!

Your precious line in the abstract is totally contradicted by the numbers in table 3

The low-risk ratio for black husbands of 0.7 means that they are LESS at risk in an interracial relationship married to a white woman than in an intraracial relationship, married to a black woman.

The high-risk ratio of white women of 12.4 means that they are MUCH MORE AT RISK in interracial marriages to black men than in intraracial marriages with white men.

As I have said several times before, 12.4 times as likely to be murdered by their black husband than their white husband.

Now read this reply again...... Very slowly.

Say the words out loud if that will help you understand them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg I'm not sure how many published research papers you've written in your life, but the Abstract is the summary of your research that highlights the major findings. The sentence I posted is the major finding of their paper. The numbers don't conflict with the abstract; they reinforce it.

Do you honestly believe that a major finding in their report that is used to gather funding for future reports would include data that goes against their summary?

Are you going to argue the definition of abstract now? Because that's really all you have left.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg honestly. how do you explain the insanely high death count of white wives with white husbands? Doesn't that figure concern you?

At the very least, you're going to have to explain the findings in the Abstract in order for me to continue to take you seriously.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

QUOTE: "honestly. how do you explain the insanely high death count of white wives with white husbands? Doesn't that figure concern you?"

To answer your question: HCD, you obviously have no concept of the rate of murders per capita.

The 1,784 white wives who were murdered by their white husbands in the table results in a low-risk ratio of 1.4.

This is computed by taking the number of these murders versus a base number of white/white marriages. Since white Americans outnumber blacks 5 to one, 1,784 white intraracial wife murders don't have nearly the risk rate that 985 black intraracial wife murders have. (Risk rate of 1.4 for the white wives vers 9.6 for the black wives)

However, the risk ratio for the INTERRACIAL marriages of white wives is much much higher. 17.4 married to black men vrs 1.4 married to white men.

This supports my statement that white women married to black men are twelve times more likely to be murdered than when they are murdered to white men.

Try to keep up.

QUOTE: "At the very least, you're going to have to explain the findings in the Abstract in order for me to continue to take you seriously."

The quote from the abstract ""Black husbands were at greater risk of spouse homicide victimization than Black wives or White spouses of either sex." is very misleading.

According to the table, this is true only in intraracial marriages were black wives kill their black husbands more than the reverse

The probable reason why the author seized on this factoid was to avoid intense criticism, possible censure, and loss of his career for revealing the dangers of INTERRACIAL marriage so he found this "politically correct" stat to garnish his abstract.

Today any scientific or statistical evidence that conflicts with the liberal narrative on race is very dangerous for the author. Especially those who have enployment at universities

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg So the study you linked has bias all of a sudden?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Obviously. Just look at the claim in the abstract and the data in table 3.

Read this again. Read it very slowly and say the words out loud if it will help you understand them.

"The quote from the abstract ""Black husbands were at greater risk of spouse homicide victimization than Black wives or White spouses of either sex." is very misleading.

According to the table, this is true ONLY in intraracial marriages were black wives kill their black husbands more than the reverse

The probable reason why the author seized on this factoid was to avoid intense criticism, possible censure, and loss of his career for revealing the dangers of INTERRACIAL marriage so he found this "politically correct" stat to garnish his abstract."

BTW, other metrics besides spousal homicide such as the high rate of young blacks with STDs, their rate of violent crime, their widespread racial hatred for whites, etc, etc also make the cops concerns for his daughters welfare valid. And the boyfriend joking about pimping his white girlfriend out should be taken seriously as most pimps are black and white women are their preferred sexual slaves.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg hahahaha so if I understand you correctly, you present this report and cherry pick one element from one chart, then I help you realize what the whole study is about, and you've switched sides? You should have just let it go when I said this report was too old to be reliable.

please, keep talking. this is making my day.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

I cherry-picked one element? LOL! The irony! The irony!

You are the one who cherry picked a quote from the abstract that is contradicted by the data published in Table 3.

You obviously dont understand ratios or the concept of per capita risk

Maybe this will help. But I doubt it:

'Per capita From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Per capita is a Latin prepositional phrase: meaning per individual/person.

The term is used in a wide variety of social sciences and statistical research contexts, including government statistics, economic indicators, and built environment studies.

What is the risk ratio?

In statistics and epidemiology, relative risk or risk ratio (RR) is the ratio of the probability of an event occurring in one group to the probability of the event occurring in a different group."

Please note (one more time) per Table 3 that the risk ratio of white wives being murdered by their black husbands to that of white wives being murdered by their white husbands is 12.4. (Twelve times more likely) Something I have said from the beginning.

You really are quite stupid or have a severe dogma block.