The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 12, 2014

Police report internal review clears officer

A Joplin Police Department internal review has determined that Officer Joshua Hanes did not violate any departmental policies or procedures Sunday in making an arrest during which a woman suffered a broken arm.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said the department’s use-of-force instructor interviewed all officers involved in the arrest of Jami Yerby, 38, of Miami, Okla., outside the Northpark Apartments at 3430 E. Newman Road and cleared Hanes of any misconduct. The woman’s arm broke when she pulled away from Hanes as he was attempting to place a pair of handcuffs on her, according to police.

Yerby, who was treated for the injury at Freeman Hospital West, did not file a complaint with the city, Stewart said. Use-of-force incidents are routinely reviewed by the department for compliance with policies and procedures.

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