Lorain Ohio — A Lorain police officer was fired after he abused his authority by conducting a traffic stop on his daughter’s boyfriend without cause and temporarily detained his daughter and her boyfriend in the back of his police car.
Safety-Service Director Dan Given, Police Chief Cel Rivera and other command officers noted John Kovach Jr., a patrolman who joined the force in 1992, violated various sections of the department’s standards of conduct and policy and procedures during the April 16 incident.
Kovach then addresses Gloria Morales, who comes out of her home nearby because her children are two of the three people in the car with Coleman. He tells Morales his daughter’s computer is inside her house and while she initially gives him permission to search the house, she later tells him to come back with a search warrant when he threatens to give her daughter a $300 ticket for not wearing her seat belt.
Morales and Kovach argue back and forth after Kovach tells her to go inside the house. When she says she is calling 911, he threatens to arrest her, telling her it is not an emergency, according to documents related to the firing. He tells her two children to get out of the car and go with Morales. At that point, he notices his daughter, Katlyn Kovach, 18, in the backseat.
At that point, Kovach tells Coleman to get out of the cruiser and he pushes his daughter into the cruiser while she protests that she is 18 and can’t be arrested for without cause. He eventually gets her into the police car and drives away.
While all of that was going on, Kovach had been called to a road rage incident on Leavitt Road. According to the dash cam footage, Kovach does not respond to the call from dispatch.
Kovach told Smith he was worried for his daughter because he didn’t believe Coleman to be a good person, having been arrested for marijuana possession, and that his daughter was staying with Coleman against her parents’ wishes, according to documents related to the firing.
Kovach said he was looking for his daughter because when he spoke with her the week before, he believed she was suicidal and wanted to take her to the hospital.
He said he had tracked his daughter’s computer to the Morales’ home so he waited down the street for Coleman’s car and when he saw it, Coleman was driving at a high rate of speed and almost struck the cruiser.
Super also said Kovach’s ex-wife told police in an April 17 interview that she did not know what Facebook post her ex-husband was referring to but that she believed he was trying to be a father and did “not want him to lose everything” as both “she and John have concerns about the relationship” between their daughter and Coleman.
Kovach told Super he had received a phone call from his ex-wife the week before that she had come home to find Coleman and their daughter engaged in sexual conduct and when Coleman was asked to leave, he threatened her.
Kovach said when he spoke with his daughter on the phone she said “If I can’t be with him, I don’t want to be here anymore,” which he took to be a suicidal threat, according to the firing paperwork.
At the end of his internal investigation, Super found that Kovach had violated the department’s standards of conduct by initiating the traffic stop on Coleman without cause, by threatening to arrest Morales, for taking Coleman into custody and saying he would make up the charges against him and for failing to back up Torres at a traffic stop.
Super also found that Kovach violated the department’s policy and procedures by using his police authority to locate his daughter and by failing to tell dispatch he was conducting a traffic stop.
“Goodbye. What? Goodbye. What? Goodbye, get in my car. You can’t. You can’t take me; I am 18. Goodbye. You have to give me a reason, by law. Daddy, why are pushing me? Why are you (BLEEP) pushing me? Why are you doing this? (INAUDIBLE) Get in the car.”
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