An Ohio man was caught on surveillance video assaulting his ex-girlfriend in court as she obtained an order of protection against him.
The attack took place when Rashad Greene was left alone with his ex-girlfriend and his grandmother in a courtroom in Summit County Friday.
The woman, whose name has not been released, filed for a restraining order against Greene, stating that he had abused and threatened her on Jan. 16. The hearing was in accordance with her order of protection request, according to the Daily Mail.
Greene was reportedly present in order to tell his side of the story.
When Magistrate Tracy Stoner left the room, an agitated Greene can be seen shouting at the woman across the table. He then jumps up and charges toward her, subsequently knocking his own grandmother down to get to the woman as she tried to escape.
Greene then gets to the woman, grabs her, throws her to the floor and begins punching her repeatedly.
He was quickly apprehended by a sheriff's deputy with a stun gun. Stoner has also returned by this time, and is unsure of what to do in the situation.
Greene was arrested and charged with domestic violence; he remains in the county jail on $25,000 bond.
The victim was sent to the hospital with a head injury but was released. She was also granted a temporary protection order by an Akron Municipal Court judge.
The victim is still wondering how she was allowed to be put in this dangerous situation in the first place. She told the Akron-Beacon Journal that the very reason she was seeking the order of protection was because she was afraid.
“I went there, I told [the magistrate] I was in fear for my life and that I had children to take care of,” she told the paper. “Once the judge walked out, I was in fear.”
“I thought he was about to kill me. … I was just thinking about my life and [how] I wanted to go home with my children.”
The Summit County community outreach director, Susan Tucker, said that she has never before seen a person attacked in a courtroom. She added that while it is impossible to know now what will happen in a domestic violence case, the court does require better policies and funding in order to better serve the public.
“The reality is, and I think most of us in the domestic violence field know, that anything can happen at any time. And even if the magistrate had been there, if he had decided to do this, he would have done it anyway,” she told the Akron-Beacon Journal.
“We are certainly going to look at what we need to do in order to keep everyone safer.”