This video is public domain, released by the Lorain Police.
The dash cam captured the 26-year patrolman flush his career down the drain by being an authority abusing police officer. On April 18th, 2018 White officer John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year old black man that her parents didn’t approve of named Makai Coleman. (racist much?) They had been dating for 3 months when this occurred.She left home after a fight with her mother on Friday April 13th. Kaylyn wasn’t responding to her father’s attempts to talk, so Kovach tracked his daughter’s computer to a friend’s house on West 34th Street in Lorain, Ohio. He used Police computers and resources to track her IP address. Then he sat in his patrol cruiser, staking out the house from about a block away. When Coleman’s silver Pontiac drove past, Kovach flipped on his flashing lights and initiated the traffic stop that would be the end of his job with the Lorain Police Department. “You can get out,” the officer told Coleman, according to the video. “You’re going to jail.” When Coleman asked why, his girlfriend’s dad told him, “Have a seat in my car. We’ll make shit up while we go.” Kovach has been fired after an internal investigation, but the case is not over. The local district attorney is reviewing the case to see whether Kovach broke the law in his treatment of his daughter, her boyfriend and several other people that day.The police union has appealed the case on his behalf. As we have seen in the past, there is no thing a cop can do that is so bad, that the unions will not defend them. Lie, rape, steal, murder, and even pedophilia will be defended when committed by another cop. Kovach told investigators that he didn’t believe Coleman was a good person and objected to the young man dating his daughter, who was staying with her boyfriend against her parents’ wishes. The officer’s wife told officials that she had once come home and found his daughter having sex with Coleman, sparking another argument. 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.” He told investigators that he believed his daughter was threatening suicide. Of course a normal person would know that the “here” she was referring to, was her mom's house. But Katlyn Kovach’s boyfriend told investigators that her father had threatened in the past to use his authority to make the teen’s life difficult, solely because he didn’t want the couple to date. The officer had threatened to take out unspecified arrest warrants against Coleman, the newspaper reported, and because Coleman had planned to go into the military, John Kovach said he would talk to his enlistment officer, in an obvious threat to derail his future employment. But Kovach’s dealings with his daughter and her boyfriend were not the only issues that investigators say violated department policy that day.
The officer also got into it with Gloria Morales, whose children were riding in Coleman’s car when John Kovach pulled it over. The officer asked to search her home for his daughter and accused Morales of hiding the teen. He even falsely accused Morale's daughter of not wearing her seat belt. At first, Gloria Morales said that Kovach could search her house for his daughter, but after he threatened to arrest her if he found his daughter in the house, and told Morales that he was giving her daughter a $300.00 ticket, Gloria then told the cop that he would need a warrant to search her home. He said fine, that he would get one then. Morales told him that he was abusing his authority to deal with family strife and using department time and resources to bully people into cooperating. “You’re obstructing me,” he warned her in return. “This is your last warning.” When she walked away, threatening to call his superiors, he gave another warning: “If you call 911, you’re going to jail.” Kovach then dropped all threats when he saw that his daughter had been hiding in the back seat of the Pontiac. He then forced her into the back of his cruiser as she objected, saying that she was 18. She cursed and shrieked at him, telling him that what he was doing was illegal and that he couldn’t detain her without cause. Morales made good on her threat to call 911. Another officer arrived at the scene, and the department began to take a harder look at Kovach’s actions that night, and his inattention to actual police matters. While Kovach was dealing with his daughter and her boyfriend, someone else needed his help. Somewhere in another part of the city, a woman had dialed 911, the video showed. She was reporting a road rage incident where a man had threatened her with a gun, and she wanted officers to come to the scene to defuse the situation. You can hear the radio call on the video, but Kovach just ignores it. Kovach was listed as available, so dispatchers summoned him, but he never responded to the call.
Video also falls under fair use