An Ohio magistrate resigned after the video surfaced of him chasing a woman who had interrupted an audience and then grabbed her by the neck as he led her back to the courtroom.
The bizarre incident occurred on September 4 when Kassandra Jackson, 28, was trying to file an order of protection. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the staff told Jackson that he had missed the 8 am deadline to file the order and became angry.
In the video, she is seen standing in the hallway, apparently arguing with two men. Jackson then rushes down the hall.
The now former Justice of the Common Affairs Court of Hamilton County, Michael Bachman, is seen seconds later crossing the door of the room while chasing Jackson.
A second clip shows Jackson walking towards the elevators when Bachman runs towards her. It is not clear what happened next because they are out of sight of the camera.
The incident began when Kassandra Jackson, 28, was seen apparently arguing with two men in front of the court about a protection order she was trying to present.
Michael Bachman, a magistrate judge in Ohio, is seen in the video chasing Jackson
Bachman then points to the hallway that leads Jackson back to the courtroom
As they walk to the courtroom, Bachman is seen holding Jackson by the neck and shoulder
When they walk back from the camera, Bachman seems to be punishing Jackson as they walk down the hall. Later in the video, Bachman is seen grabbing the back of Jackson's neck and then his shoulder as he takes her back to the courtroom.
He said he did not mistreat or strangle Jackson and simply returned her to the courtroom.
The video from inside the room shows Jackson visibly annoyed and seeming to wipe away his tears. Two officers enter the court and try to arrest Jackson, who tries to flee. The officers and two other people subdue her and put her in handcuffs.
Other parts of the video show Jackson struggling as officers take him to the detention cell. Also, approximately, sit Jackson in a chair before forcing him to do so. The full video lasts almost 23 minutes and does not include audio.
According to WCPO, Bachman had Jackson arrested for contempt of court. He said he came out of the courtroom furious to confront her because he was screaming in the hallway and interrupting an audience.
"I wish there was sound with the video so you can hear how he shouted at the top of his lungs," he said. "I could not hear the defense attorney question a witness."
In his content citation, he wrote that Jackson showed "disrespectful and disturbing behavior" and that he was "a witness of becoming belligerent and shouting aloud in the hallways".
Bachman had Jackson arrested (see above) for the content of the court saying it showed "disrespectful and disruptive behavior"
She added: "I think the video speaks for itself, I did not suffocate it or mistreat it." I just raised my hand to guide me to the courtroom.
Bachman told WCPO that he believes the problem is that he touched her. He said he resigned to save the "consternation" of the court, but that he was only given two options: to resign or be fired.
"I knew I was going to go public, I would have defended myself in the investigation," he said.
Initially, Jackson received three days in jail, but was released two days after Judge Kim Wilson Burke ordered the contempt charge dismissed.