A Cleveland police officer tried to kidnap a 12-year-old child who was waiting for her school bus and filmed himself urinating on her. Moreover, he has been disciplined repeatedly for the most vile and uncaring acts.
Officer Solomon Nhiwatiwa, 34, is charged with attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, assault, endangering children, child enticement, interfering with custody and public indecency. He is set to be arraigned on Monday.
He was suspended without pay until the case is concluded. He was hired as a police officer in 2014.
“He will be held accountable,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said. “It’s my office’s mission to ensure he never wears the badge of a police officer again.”
The incident happened on Friday on Euclid Avenue in Euclid. Nhiwatiwa was arrested on Tuesday.
The girl was sitting on the sidewalk waiting to be picked by a school bus. Nhiwatiwa drove up and tried to entice the girl to get inside his car by asking if she needed a ride to school, prosecutors said.
The girl repeatedly refused and Nhiwatiwa initially drove off. He returned about one minute later and recorded himself on his cellphone urinating on the girl, prosecutors said.
Nhiwatiwa again left. A neighbor later called Euclid police and said a man, later identified as Nhiwatiwa, was acting strange and looking inside people’s cars.
The girl’s mother reported the incident to Euclid police, who pieced together the connection, prosecutors said.
The same local outlet examined his personnel file on Thursday and found that he had been involved in killing a bystander and a number of disciplinary actions over his five years as a police officer:
Solomon Nhiwatiwa, 34, and another security guard fired shots during a June 9, 2011 melee at a Cleveland nightclub. The shooting resulted in the deaths of Alexander Burkes and Roosevelt Guins, according to court records.
Nhiwatiwa and the other security guard, Byron Gilson, were not criminally charged in the incident.
Nhiwatiwa is now facing a series of charges stemming from the Friday incident involving the 12-year-old girl in Euclid. He was indicted Wednesday, and is set to be arraigned Monday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The fatal shooting that occurred during Nhiwatiwa’s time as a security guard resulted in a lawsuit that Burkes’ family filed against the guards and the company they worked for, R-Cap Security. The suit claimed neither Nhiwatiwa nor Gilson had proper certification to carry firearms as a security guard at the time of the shooting.
The lawsuit was settled out of court for terms that are not disclosed in records.
Nhiwatiwa was working security when a fight broke out at a party being held at Top Cats Pub and Grill. Nhiwatiwa and Gilson kicked out one of the patrons, the lawsuit says.
Eight to 10 patrons then ganged up on Nhiwatiwa and Gilson. Someone tried to grab Nhiwatiwa’s gun, and and the group dragged him into a bathroom.
Both Nhiwatiwa and Gilson fired shots into the group, killing Burkes and Guins, according to police reports and court records.
Two men were eventually convicted of aggravated riot in the incident, but no convictions were secured for Guins’ and Burkes’ deaths.
The lawsuit says Burkes was an innocent bystander who was struck and killed by a wayward bullet.
Nhiwatiwa was also working as a security in 2013 when another man, Are’es Richards, was fatally shot during a private party on Cleveland’s East Side, according to a separate lawsuit Richards’ family filed against another security company and several guards. Richards’ family received $250,000 in a settlement, records say.
Richards fought with a security guard who asked him to move his car. Richards got back in his car and drove at a group of security guards. The guards opened fire on the car, killing Richards, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims the security guards tampered with the evidence at the crime scene. Nhiwatiwa’s role is not mentioned in the lawsuit, but he was added as a defendant in the case after the lawsuit was filed.
Nhiwatiwa has been disciplined at least four times since he was hired as a Cleveland police officer in March 2014, according to part of his personnel file released by the city on Thursday.
Nhiwatiwa, who was assigned to the Third District, was suspended four days without pay for losing his portable radio in September. He was also required to pay back $3,286 for the lost equipment.
In September 2017, he refused to respond to a call for several hours for a man who was lying face down in a field and appeared to be in need of dire medical care. He didn’t ask for an ambulance until a dispatcher told him to, records say.
And in November 2018, he was suspended for eight days without pay after he repeatedly called a woman “sir,” didn’t turn on his body camera and entered the woman’s personal information into a police report that she wasn’t associated with.
The Euclid Police Department on Thursday released additional information about the Friday incident that led to Nhiwatiwa’s arrest.
A 37-year-old woman report about 6 a.m. that she saw a suspicious man, later identified as Nhiwatiwa, looking into her car. She asked him why he was there, and Nhiwatiwa walked back to his BMW SUV without saying anything, police reports say.
The woman told Euclid police officers the man “seemed startled and very nervous.”
Officers found the SUV a short time later and noted it was illegally parked, according to police reports.
It was about an hour after this that he filmed himself assaulting the child.
Many people wonder what sort of sick individual even THINKS of doing something like this?
They ask why psychological evaluations didn’t expose his perversion.