Police Officer Abuses Power — and Actually Gets Fired

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Here’s a rare situation where a police officer committed a blatant abuse of power, caught on tape, and actually got fired for it. In this case, he didn’t like the guy his daughter was dating, so he pulled him over for nothing, arrested him and said he’d find something to charge him with.

On that day in April, John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year-old her parents didn’t approve of named Makai Coleman.

She wasn’t responding to her father’s attempts to talk, so Kovach tracked his daughter’s computer to a friend’s house on West 34th Street in Lorain, Ohio, he told investigators. Then he sat in his patrol cruiser, waiting.

When Coleman’s silver Pontiac drove past, Kovach flipped on his flashing lights and initiated the traffic stop that would end his two decades with the Lorain Police Department.

“You can get out,” the officer told Coleman, according to a profanity-filled video of the interaction. “You’re going to jail.”

When Coleman asked why, his girlfriend’s dad told him: “Have a seat in my car. We’ll make [expletive] up as we go.”

Do I even need to mention that the young man his daughter was dating is black and he’s white? Shocker, I know. The amazing thing is that he was fired after an investigation. All of this was captured on a dashcam, so it’s indisputable. Now he needs to be blacklisted and prevented from ever being a law enforcement officer for any government at any level. Hell, he shouldn’t be able to get a job as a mall rent-a-cop. He clearly cannot be trusted with any authority whatsoever.

But of course, the police union is defending him. They admit that what he did was clearly a violation, but say they are obligated to defend him and try to get his job back. And that’s one big reason we continue to have this problem.

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