Video: Ga. cop's forceful arrest of elderly woman justified
Kevin Jones acted reasonably when he dropped a 70-year-old woman to the paving as she resisted arrest
By Terry Dickson
The Florida Times-Union
BRUNSWICK — Glynn County police officer Kevin Jones acted reasonably Dec. 5 when he threw a 70-year-old woman to the pavement on St. Simons Island and has been returned to full duties, county Police Chief Matt Doering said Saturday.
In a report on his review, Doering referred to a civilian's videotape of the arrest, which was made public on YouTube, and to wounds that Jones suffered as he and other officers tried to take Kathleen Mary Allegrone of St. Simons Island into custody.
Doering said the video raised the question of whether Jones' use of force was justified.
Allegrone had locked herself inside her car at the scene and, after officers used an unlock tool to open a door, Jones sustained lacerations to his hand from Allegrone's nails as he opened the driver side door and pushed her out, Doering wrote in his report.
After Jones and another officer walked Allegrone to a patrol car as she continually resisted, she stiffened her arms to prevent being handcuffed and again dug her nails into Jones' hand and wrist, the report says.
At that point, Jones threw Allegrone to the pavement to stop the assault and was justified in doing so, Doering said.
Allegrone was arrested that night and booked into the Glynn County jail after midnight on charges of driving under the influence and felony obstruction of a police officer.
She was released on bail later the same day.
Jail booking photos showed that Allegrone suffered a bloody nose and an abrasion on the bridge of her nose.
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