Officer Todd Mobley, of the Niles, Ohio Police Department, is back on the job, with no criminal charges, after an internal investigation concluded that he illegally used his position to threaten a family, and that he turned off his dash cam in order to avoid having his actions recorded, WKBN is reporting.
On November 25, 2014, the Ohio cop followed Lindsay Mulhull and her boyfriend, Tom Huffman, to her home, according to her complaint. There, he accused Huffman of stealing a gas can from his (Mobley’s) mother’s house.
“He tells me to get my kids back. I turn my back and that is when he pushes Tommy up against the cop car by his shirt and presses up against his neck and says ‘you’re dead if I ever catch you around my mother’s house again. I will kill you.’ And he just keeps repeating ‘You’re dead. You’re dead.'”
During the incident, another Niles police officer — unidentified, as of this post — arrived on the scene. Mobley then instructed that officer to turn off his own dash cam, claiming that it was necessary for a legitimate law enforcement purpose, even though, actually, it was to prevent his own actions from being recorded.
Ms. Mulhull reported the incident to the Niles Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit, who investigated her complaint. On Thursday, they issued a 21-page report, indicating that the Ohio cop did, in fact, violate several department policies.
Those violations include:
- Use of force violations.
- Unlawful search and seizure or detention.
- Failure to control his temper.
- Misuse of his police cruiser dash camera.
Niles Law Director Terry Dull explained what penalties his officer would face for the incident.
“As a result of that, there is a suspension that has been issued for 30 days and some other penalties attached in addition to that.”
Those “other penalties” include forfeiture of accrued compensatory and vacation time, which is potentially worth thousands of dollars.
“He needs to learn that you swore in to be a police officer to serve and protect and to use the uniform as your own personal means of handling things is not something they are supposed to stand for.”
Officer Mobley has since served his suspension and is back on the job.
For her part, Ms. Mulhull believes that Officer Mobley’s behavior amounts to stalking, according to WFMJ.
“He stalked us that night. He absolutely stalked us.”
As of this post, the Ohio cop has not faced any criminal charges for threatening a family and turning off his dash camera, although criminal charges may be filed in the future.
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