The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 10, 2014

Woman’s arm broken during arrest; police say probe under way

The Joplin Police Department is reviewing internally an officer’s use of force during an arrest over the weekend that ended with a woman suffering a broken arm.

Lt. Matt Stewart said officers responded to a call about 12:30 a.m. Sunday reporting a disturbance in the parking lot of the Northpark Apartments at 3430 E. Newman Road and found a woman, Jami Yerby, 38, of Miami, Okla., in tears and pounding on the passenger-side window of a vehicle with a male driver.

After determining that the couple had been arguing, officers were looking into the possibility that the woman had been assaulted and learned that she may have assaulted another woman herself inside the apartment complex before the dispute with her boyfriend in the parking lot.

Officers then learned that she had provided them with a false name, and Officer Joshua Hanes decided to arrest her in connection with failing to comply with an officer’s request for information, according to Stewart.

Stewart said the officer reported that as he was pulling one of her arms behind her to handcuff her, she began to resist and pull away from him. Hanes reported that he heard a pop and saw that her arm was broken.

Stewart said Hanes stopped trying to handcuff Yerby and had her sit down to wait for an ambulance. She was taken to Freeman Hospital West for treatment of the injury. The Globe was unable to reach her for comment on Wednesday.

Stewart said officers ended up issuing Yerby citations alleging offenses of failure to comply with the request of an officer, peace disturbance, resisting arrest and assault. He said the officer’s use of force is being reviewed by the department’s internal affairs division and use-of-force review board.

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