An Ohio police officer was sacked after an internal investigation discovered he had abused his power after pulling over and detaining his daughter and her boyfriend without cause.
John Kovach Jr., of the Lorain Police Department, was found to have violated a string of conduct and policy procedures after pulling over Makai Coleman, 18, who was in the vehicle with his daughter Katlyn Kovach on April 16.
It's not until Kovach argues with one of Morales' children inside Coleman's auto, accusing her of not wearing a seatbelt and threatening her with a fine, that he discovers his daughter had been in the vehicle the entire time.
"You can get out", Kovach tells Coleman.
Investigators say Kovach did not initially realize that his daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle he pulled over. For what? Get out.
Kovachs was apparently looking for his daughter, Katlyn Kovach, who he didn't realize was in the backseat of Coleman's vehicle.
When Coleman asks Kovachs why he's going to jail, Kovachs responds: "We'll make [expletive] up as we go along".
Kovach admitted to investigators he didn't approve of the relationship between the boy and his daughter.
Kovach Jr. eventually spotted his daughter in the vehicle and instructed her to get in the backseat of his police auto. "Per his request, we have done so for him, as such it is not correct to state 'naturally the union is appealing the decision'".
"Why! Why are you f***ing pushing me?!", Katlyn shouts. He threatens her with jail for being "disorderly" and then later says, "You're obstructing me, this is your last warning". He also told Super his daughter once said, "If I can't be with him, I don't want to be here anymore", which he said he interpreted as suicidal. "Why are you doing this?" Kovach threatens to give her daughter a ticket for not wearing her seatbelt and then tells Morales she is being disorderly.
The investigation also discovered that Kovach lied to his supervisors about the traffic stop.
"This is due to the very serious nature of the violations, which rise to the level of gross misconduct, place the Police Department in a position of liability, and could result in discipline up to and including termination".
"These actions are not acceptable for members of our Police Department, and we felt it warranted an immediate dismissal", Given said.
Safety-Service Director Dan Given fired Kovach in May after placing the veteran officer on administrative leave following an April 16 incident.
Kyle Gelenius, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lorain Lodge #3, said Kovach will be contesting his case, reports The Morning Journal.
"Get out", Kovach says.
Kovach is scheduled to bring his case before an arbitrator in September.