Defense attorney captures courthouse shooting on cell phone, wants guns removed from court
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The defense attorney and Green Party gubernatorial candidate who shot cell phone video right after a teenager was fatally shot in juvenile court is calling for deputies in the courthouse to remove their guns.
Constance Gadell-Newton told ABC 6/FOX 28 that she was with her own juvenile client last Wednesday when she witnessed a verbal altercation turn physical in front of her. She said Joseph Haynes, 16, walked out of courtroom 56 clearly upset and Deputy Richard Scarborough followed right after him. Investigators said Haynes went to court Wednesday thinking that he'd have his ankle monitor removed. When that didn't happen, investigators said he became verbally abusive with court staff and his case was continued.
ABC 6 Columbus
by Lisa Rantala Monday
January 22, 2018
Gadell-Newton said she saw Deputy Scarborough reach for Haynes to arrest him. She said the teen's mother tried to block the deputy and Haynes came to her defense.
"I believe the young man was thrown on the ground and then shot," said Gadell-Newton. "That is about the moment I started recording."
The attorney's cell phone video shows the teen on the ground and Deputy Scarborough performing chest compressions over him. The teen's mother is heard yelling, "They shot my son!" Both the teen's mother and grandmother are seen escorted away by various responding deputies.
So far, Gadell-Newton's video is the clearest video of the shooting's aftermath as Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies do not wear body cameras and the closest courthouse security camera was at the other end of the hall. An operator did not start zooming into the action until the teen's family members were being escorted away. The positioning of Deputy Scarborough and the teen can also not be seen as the shooting happened in a side hallway, out of view from the main hallway camera.
"What are they doing to keep the public safe?" asked Gadell-Newton. "Just because someone is guilty of disorderly conduct, at the most and is very subjective, that doesn't mean they deserve a death sentence."
The attorney is asking no deputy in juvenile court carry a gun as all juveniles and their family members must go through a metal detector before entering the courthouse.
A spokesperson with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office told ABC 6/FOX 28 that all deputies are required to carry weapons and that will not change.
Administration for juvenile court, however, just handed their judges a rough draft of upgrades to their security cameras and panic buttons. They're suggesting more cameras to reduce the amount of blind spots now with the system which includes the side hallway where last week's shooting took place. Currently, there are no cameras in any of the 25 juvenile courtrooms.
Meanwhile, Deputy Scarborough has been cleared to return to work. He's yet to speak with investigators about the shootings. Investigators said they're still trying to determine if Deputy Scarborough's Gun was removed from its holster and if he shot intentionally.