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Investigator: Officer accused of breaking 8th grade girl's arm

10:08 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- An Akron police officer is being removed from duty at an Akron middle school after being accused of breaking the arm of an 8th grade girl.

Officer Jon Morgan will be reassigned duties temporarily until an internal police probe is complete, Akron School Superintendent David James said.  

Morgan is seen on a security camera at Jennings Community Learning Center forcing the girl across a school hallway and shoving her up against a locker. 

He then grabs her arm and pulls it up high behind her back. It appears the officer lifts the much-smaller girl off the ground.   

It was at this point, according to the girl's mother, Sandra Williams, that the girl's left arm was broken above the elbow.

"He used proper technique, but he exercised poor judgment," said the family's attorney Eddie Sipplen.

In a police incident report, Morgan claims the girl chest-bumped him and asked the officer, "What are you going to do about that?"

Sandra Williams filed a formal complaint with police in November, alleging that Morgan used excessive force in detaining her daughter.

She also denied that her daughter ever touched the officer.

"I was very outraged," Sandra Williams said. "I was literally in tears. When I send my child to school, I send her there to be safe."

The school superintendent isn't saying the officer did anything wrong, but he wants Morgan removed from the school until everything can be sorted out.

He also wants everything to operate smoothly when students return from vacation on Monday.  

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