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article imageOp-Ed: Police — Poll worker attempts to bite voter's nose off

By Larry Clifton     Nov 10, 2011 in Politics
Recently, a poll worker in Ohio allegedly attempted to bite off the nose of a voter. The perpetrator turned himself in and may soon be charged.
James N. Williams, 53, turned himself in at the Cleveland Justice Center, which houses the city’s police department, where he was jailed to await possible charges of felonious assault.
The attempted defacing of a voter by a precinct volunteer began after Greg Flanagan, 49, nosed into an argument between Williams and a woman about her possibly posting a sign too close to the Cleveland polling place.
“Measure the distance if you are concerned, and don’t be an a$s,” said Flanagan, in what he described as an attempt to defuse an argument between Williams and a campaign volunteer.
“What did you say?” asked Williams.
Flanagan repeated his verbal consultation and that’s when “the suspect grabbed the victim around the neck, head-butted him in between the eyes, then pulled his head close to him and tried to bite his nose off," according to the police report.
Williams, an Election Day rover, surrendered himself to Cleveland Police soon after the alleged election-day nose-biting incident occurred, according to police spokesman Sammy Morris. Since, the Cleveland Elections Board said Williams will “not be rehired.”
"I'm glad that he turned himself in because that's the first right decision he's made in the last 24 hours," said Flanagan after hearing that Williams turned up at police headquarters.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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