An Akron police officer, suspended and facing termination after a domestic quarrel last year, was charged Thursday with assault following an off-duty fight with a man outside a bar.
Tito Corral, 33, a five-year veteran, is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in Akron Municipal Court.
Corral’s attorney, Brian Pierce, declined to comment.
Paul Hlynsky, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, said Corral doesn’t deserve to be fired and he is wrongly charged with assault. He said Corral was merely defending himself during the fight.
“They’re firing an innocent man,” Hlynsky said. “And as far as the misdemeanor assault, even off-duty officers have a right to defend themselves.”
In November, Corral was acquitted at trial on two counts of domestic violence, but he was convicted of disorderly conduct and unlawful restraint.
A visiting judge, Marvin Shapiro, was appointed to hear the case.
That case stemmed from two disputes with his girlfriend in May 2011. After the trial, the department did an internal investigation.
On Thursday, police Chief James Nice announced he has recommended that Corral be fired. A discipline hearing will be scheduled before Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, who will make the decision.
Nice said he made the recommendation this month before charges were filed in the latest incident, which occurred Feb. 20 outside the Holiday Lounge on Hilbish Avenue.
Corral is accused of being involved in a verbal altercation about 2:30 a.m. and then punching a man, knocking him to the ground.
The man, 28, was treated for a gash to the back of his head at a local hospital and released.
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