Cleveland: Downtown police struggle as teens resist arrest

11:15 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland police officer breaks up a fight but ends up on the ground with a suspect, until some Good Samaritans step in to help.

An onlooker posted cell phone video to You Tube, of the incident which happened on March 10th in Public Square.

Cleveland Police say an officer was alerted to a fight between two groups of teens on an RTA bus at the square.

When officer Robert Mason when to break up the fight, some of the teens resisted.

Mason was working alone when he responded to the fight.

A cell phone camera captured the officer struggling to handcuff an 18-year-old man, when the two fall to the ground, with the officer landing on his back. 

"I just felt in the situation he was going to get hurt, and that's why I intervened," said Joseph Mosijowsky.

Mosijowsky was smoking a cigarette outside the Horseshoe Casino and saw the struggle. He stepped in between the teenagers and the police officer on the ground, as backup officers arrived.

When one of the teens grabbed Mosijowsky around the neck and stole the cane he uses for walking, the 51-year-old stayed by the officer's side to defend him.  

He was soon joined by the RTA bus driver, who tried to keep the crowd of teens away from the officer and suspect. 

Less than two minutes later, police sirens blare and more officers arrive.  The teens scattered, but police made three arrests.

18-year-old Trevon Woodson is charged with assault on a police officer, obstructing justice and resisting arrest.

19-year-old Victoria Soper is charged with aiding escape, and disorderly conduct.

Police say Soper helped a 15-year-old girl who was in police custody escape from the back of a patrol car.  The 15-year-old also faces charges.

Two Cleveland Police organizations are thinking of honoring Mosijowsky and bus driver George Williams for their efforts.

"I was just glad to help out, that's all. These days, people ignore it. You don't know how many people were just standing there gawking. It's a human life," said Mosijowsky.

The incident comes at a time when Cleveland Police face intense scrutiny.  The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Cleveland Police policy and procedures.

Thursday evening, Cleveland Police Patrolmans' Association president Jeff Fullmer said, he hopes the investigators see this cell phone video to understand how quickly an incident can escalate into a dangerous situation.














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