Video of alleged juvenile court altercation released

This image, taken from security footage provided by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, shows the alleged March 7 altercation under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Courtesy photo/Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON, Ohio — The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening released video of an alleged altercation between a Clinton County Juvenile Court bailiff and a juvenile defendant which occurred March 7, according to our partners at the Wilmington News Journal.

The entire alleged altercation lasts about 30 seconds, according to the security footage, and, according to Ohio Attorney General spokesperson Jill Del Greco, is under investigation by the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Del Greco told the News Journal on March 10 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation was requested — by Clinton County Prosecutor Rick Moyer’s office — to investigate the alleged incident in Clinton County Juvenile and Probate Court and that the Special Investigations Unit would “investigate basically to find the facts of what happened.”

The video shows Mark Miars, a juvenile court magistrate, presiding over the Monday, March 7 case.

The defendant appears to attempt to stand up when the bailiff puts his hands on the defendant’s back. The bailiff continues toward the magistrate, then turns back and steps towards the defendant.

Though there is no audio in the security footage, a pause suggests the bailiff and/or the defendant may be speaking. The defendant is in an orange uniform and appears to be in shackles.

Then, the bailiff appears to grab the defendant by the arm and back and gets behind him, and from there the bailiff slips his left arm over the defendant’s neck and appears to twist the defendant’s head with his right arm.

The bailiff appears to wrestle the defendant back in his chair with both hands on or near the defendant’s neck or face, and the defendant falls out of the chair backwards over chairs behind him.

The bailiff then appears to drag the defendant out of the courtroom and into the courthouse by the chains restraining the defendant.

Del Greco declined to provide the name of the bailiff allegedly involved, according to the Wilmington News Journal. She said BCI doesn’t typically release names of involved parties unless charges are filed.

In an update Monday, Del Greco said the case is still being investigated, adding that Clinton County Prosecutor Richard W. “Rick” Moyer asked Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section to review the investigation for potential charges, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

The News Journal was told that the bailiff remains on duty.

The juvenile, who is not being named by the News Journal, allegedly recently led a police chase which resulted in a crash into a Wilmington apartment building.

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