Jordan Moore

Mansfield police officer Jordan Moore is sworn in during a ceremony in July 2018 (Mansfield Police Department file photo)

MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield police officer, currently on paid administrative leave after a June 16 shooting incident, has resigned from the department for other disciplinary issues.

Jordan Moore, who was suspended in 2020 for dragging a handcuffed teenager, resigned Monday afternoon, according to an emailed press release from Chief Keith Porch.

Porch said the resignation followed two separate internal complaints from May 19 and May 25, 2021, after "traffic crash reports which were not properly investigated by Officer Moore."

The chief said the internal complaints, initiated by the department's command staff, were investigated and Moore's performance was judged to be unsatisfactory.

"A pre-disciplinary conference was set (Monday), when he submitted his resignation," Porch said in the email. 

The chief said neither incident is related to the June 16 shooting, which is still being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Investigation.

"Once the shooting investigation is completed, the case will be forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office for review," Porch said, adding the prosecutor's office was notified Monday of Moore's resignation.

Moore had been suspended for 10 days last fall after he dragged a handcuffed teenager. He returned to work on Jan. 11.

The original suspension had been 60 days, but was shortened based on the results of the arbitration of a previous discipline case involving the officer, Safety-Service Director Lori Cope said in January.

In announcing the suspension last October, Porch said Moore had violated Mansfield Police Department rules and regulations pertaining to the treatment of people in custody and unsatisfactory performance.

"It was found that Officer Moore grabbed the hooded sweatshirt of a juvenile detainee without warning or instruction to comply with orders and dragged him several feet, while he was still handcuffed and in a seated position to the rear passenger side of a patrol car, in an attempt to assist the other officers with the adult arrestee," Porch said about the 2020 dragging incident.

"Officer Moore’s response was found to be improper which resulted in the misapplication of force used on a person that was handcuffed, in custody and offering no resistance."

A bystander recorded video of the incident, which showed the arrest of a Black Mansfield man and the 17-year-old, reportedly the man's son, who was reacting to the adult's arrest

Cope said Moore had agreed to the 10-day suspension for unsatisfactory performance and treatment of persons in custody and had also agreed to further training in subject control.

Cope said Moore, who had been suspended on Oct. 20, returned to duty on Jan. 11 and would be paid for 50 of the 60 working days for which he was originally suspended.

On Jan. 13, an arbitrator tossed out a three-day suspension for Moore for his work investigating a May 25, 2020, hit-skip accident.

Moore is a Willard native who graduated from the police academy in May 2017. He was hired by the Mansfield Police Department in July 2018 after stints at the New Washington and Sandusky police departments.

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