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Elyria High student accused of assaulting police officer

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    Jazmin Davis

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ELYRIA — An 18-year-old Elyria High School student has been charged with felony assault for allegedly kicking an Elyria police officer in the groin and leg after refusing to leave the building during dismissal Monday.

Jazmin Davis, who turned 18 on Feb. 28, also was charged with resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, both fourth-degree misdemeanors. She was being held in Lorain County Jail on $6,500 bond after her arraignment Tuesday in Elyria Municipal Court.

Davis was suspended from Elyria High School after the incident and recommended for expulsion, according to an Elyria police incident report.

The report states that Officer Joseph Figula Jr. was the on-duty school resource officer in the high school dining hall at 2:50 p.m. Monday as school administrators were ushering students out for the day. Davis allegedly was among a group of students refusing to leave the building, and ignored repeated requests and commands from Figula to leave for the day.

“Davis remained standing in the same spot while smiling at Officer (Figula) and advised she was not going anywhere,” the report states. “Officer requested Davis over 10 times to please leave and Davis refused.”

Figula asked some of Davis’ fellow students to ask her to leave the building “to avoid Davis getting herself into trouble,” but she still refused, police said.

“Officer advised Davis to not be a ‘moron’ towards Officer and to please just leave,” Figula wrote in his report. “Davis began loudly stating she didn’t have to go anywhere, ‘(expletive) you’ and ‘your mama b----.’”

Figula then warned Davis she would be arrested, toowhich she allegedly replied “arrested for what b----?” and was told disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Davis then walked back into the dining hall from the vestibule, at which time Figula, believing Davis was a juvenile, told her she needed to go with him to the office to get a citation and contact a parent or guardian. When she allegedly tried to walk past him, Figula took hold of her right wrist.

Davis allegedly tried to break free and run as Figula tried to handcuff her, “began to wave her arms wildly while screaming and attempting to break free,” and had to be placed face down on a table so Figula could get the handcuffs on her, a police report said.

Davis instead rolled over and “was completely out of control.” Figula then put her in a bear hug and tried to get her against a wall, but she fell to the floor as two assistant principals came over to help the officer. Davis then kicked Figula in the testicles, according to the report, and again in the right leg before he could get her into handcuffs.

“Numerous students were able to gain entry back into the school and began taking cell phone videos while gathering around and screaming obscenities” at Figula, according to the report. Davis refused to calm down while in handcuffs and a female officer was dispatched to take her to Lorain County Jail.

Neither Davis nor Figula required medical attention, according to the police report. An assistant principal suffered some scrapes and scratches to his hands while assisting the officer, the report states.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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