(GREENVILLE, SC)- At a press briefing this morning, Chief Ken Miller provided a chronicled narrative and supporting video evidence that shows officers from the Greenville Police Department (GPD) and agents from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services (DPPPS) performed their duties appropriately during the attempted service of two lawful arrest warrants on the morning of October 29, 2018 at a house located at 15-A Emmaline Street.
As a result of obstructing the service of the arrest warrants, two subjects, 62-year-old Cassandra Johnson and her son, 36-year-old Jermaine Johnson, were arrested by the GPD for Interfering with Police.
Over the last several days, there have been multiple allegations of wrongdoing on the part of our officers. Today Chief Miller expressed his concerns about information provided to- and reported by- local media outlets, which he said included false and inflammatory representations of events.
“We depend on the trust and cooperation of our citizens, and it is a responsibility we work to earn each and every day,” Chief Miller said. “Reporting details that are inaccurate or not fully vetted, needlessly inflames community relationships, adds unnecessary tension, complicates our ability to deliver effective police services, and potentially creates safety issues for our officers and our citizens.”
During the press briefing, Chief Miller explained that even routine events require a lot of time to gather and verify relevant information and materials. These include witness statements, incident reports, video files and other critical documents. It is an important, time-consuming process that requires a thorough analysis of all relevant evidence from all available sources.
“We recognize that the public has a vested interest in these events and are seeking the truth; however, it is imperative that we are given the necessary latitude to gather and vet the facts,” Chief Miller said. “After reviewing all information associated with this incident with my staff and other respected community leaders, the overwhelming consensus is that our officers and the DPPPS agents performed their duties properly and professionally.
“The reality is that this situation could have been entirely prevented had the Johnsons simply allowed officers to perform their lawful duties.”
The entire police briefing was shown live on the GPD Facebook page and can be accessed via HERE or at: https://www.facebook.com/GreenvillePoliceDepartment/videos/344165422796611/
Summary of Events
- At the request of agents with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services (DPPPS), the Greenville Police Department (GPD) assisted with entry into a residence at 15A Emmaline Street for the purpose of serving a lawful arrest warrant for Julius Johnson on October 29, 2018 at approximately 5:37 a.m.
- GPD officers spent several minutes explaining to 62-year-old Cassandra Johnson that the arrest warrant lawfully allowed officers entry into the home to search for the subject of the arrest warrant, Mr. Julius Johnson- her son. Ms. Johnson repeatedly refused to allow officers to enter the residence telling them that they would have to “take her word for it” that he was not there and ordering them off of her porch.
- As officers began to enter the doorway, Ms. Johnson resisted this advance by attempting to close the door. However the officer placed his foot in the doorway. She then pushed one officer out of the doorway. At that time, the officer pulled her out and gave her to other officers, who guided her to the ground. Ms. Johnson continued to physically resist officers as she was on the porch being taken into custody.
- Her son, 36-year-old Jermaine Johnson, was inside the home at the time of this event. As officers attempted their entry and subsequently took Ms. Johnson into custody, Mr. Johnson became highly agitated and advanced on officers. Mr. Johnson refused multiple verbal commands to stop resisting. Officers restrained him and took him into custody.
- Due to his level of resistance and thrashing of his legs, officers secured his legs to prevent injury to officer and the subject and an escalation of force.
- Both were charged with Interfering with Police.
- Following the incident, Ms. Johnson complained of chest pains. Officers requested EMS to respond in order to evaluated her on the scene and offered to transport her to the hospital. Ms. Johnson refused the offer of transport. Officers noted a small bruise on the side of Ms. Johnson’s face and two small abrasion on the side of her knee. She declined all medical treatment and signed a waiver refusing treatment.