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Monday, November 19, 2012

I Wish I Could Say I Was Surprised...

Remember Officer Roid Rage in OH? I'm sure this will come as a shock to, well, no one, but he's back on the force.

Maybe even at his old job.

Fired Canton officer Daniel Harless wins back his job
CANTON — Fired police officer Daniel Harless could get his job back if he gets medical clearance to return to work.
An arbitrator hearing Harless’ appeal ruled in the former patrolman’s favor. The 15-page ruling was dated Saturday and released by the city Wednesday.
Yep. Go read the whole thing. Apparently cops ARE allowed to threaten to murder citizens without cause in OH, because that's exactly the rationale used behind giving Roid boy his job back. Apparently the Canton, OH police force was not justified in releasing Harless, as his conduct was not out of line according to the union, which stated “officers who have physically mistreated people have not been discharged.”

Thin blue line, anyone?

The union argues that the man Harless was accused of threatening was "belated" in mentioning his permit - which is complete and utter BS to anyone that watched the dash cam video. He tried - numerous times - but was repeatedly told to keep quiet. Whether or not he was in a high crime area or not is completely irrelevant - the video clearly shows he was posing no danger to Harless or his partner (who was searching the car with unrestrained and uncontrolled occupants; not exactly the best policework I've ever seen).

Now, judging from the tone of the article, it doesn't seem like Harless is going back on the beat, and we can thank heavens for small favors. The bigger issue, though, is that the police union feels it is completely acceptable for an officer to threaten to murder someone who has committed no crime - and that this is commonplace and other officers have not even been disciplined for it. Is it that commonplace for police officers to threaten to kill people at random? Is this the new tone?

I don't know what it means, but I don't think it means anything good.

That is all.


12 comments:

bluesun said...

I'm eagerly awaiting the police apologists to explain to me why I should always trust the cops, again.

Geodkyt said...

My entire life, I have supported treating attacks on LEOs as "special circumstances", on the theory that anyone crazy enough to attack a uniformed, armed man who has back up a radio call away, is an imminent threat to all of society.

Stories like this make me think, "Eh, not so much. You can take the same risks of retaliation as the rest of us peasants."

Chris Byrne said...

Jay, you are forgetting something...

The important word in "police union" isn't "police", it's "union".

Just like any other union, it operates for the benefit of its members (and its management); and have less than no concern for anyone else.

For some reason people forget that about police unions...

... teachers unions too...

ASM826 said...

+1 for Chris

Jay G said...

Chris,

Except that they bought it.

I expect the union to argue in all manner of contortions for their members, whether it be police, fire, or the fraternal order of knitters.

In this case, the argument was accepted, and Harless allowed back to work.

THAT'S what scares me.

Chasing Freedom said...

Jay, their decision disturbs me as well. The whole ordeal stinks. He's getting worker's comp for now and is applying for a disability retirement pension and yet he's still fighting for reinstatement. Anyone want to guess that it has to do with the change in retirement pay / benefits he will receive? I wonder what the odds are of him getting the medical clearance? Ugh.

Chris Byrne said...

He won't get cleared. The guy clearly and genuinely has PTSD (it's clear in his pattern of behavior, as well as having already been diagnosed and in part treated).

But he has to be reinstated to get his disability.

So that's what will happen. He gets reinstated, they give him full medical disability pension for PTSD, and he "retires" on it.

Chris Byrne said...

Oh and by the by, I don't think PTSD excuses his behavior in any way... But I DO think he genuinely does have PTSD.

Unfortunately, I know a lot of cops, and even more corrections officers, who do.

Dealing with the scum of the earth, and being lied to constantly, can really seriously fuck up your psyche. Add in the stress of damn near getting killed by accident and stupidty, never mind the actually hostile actions of others...

Let's just say there's a lot of cops out there who probably SHOULD be on disability, for our health and safety as well as theirs.

Roberta X said...

Not. Excuseable.

Anonymous said...

Sadly alcoholism/prescription meds/steroid use are treated as "dirty secrets" in the American law enforcement community.

Google the story of David Toma for a really good example.

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in the arbitrator, Harry Graham, "an arbitrator since 1972 and a retired professor of industrial relations at Cleveland State University". I have to wonder how many times (if ever) he's been around this block. I don't know if he is a useful stooge or somehow more involved. I don't find much in the way of search hits so far ....

Anonymous said...

Being in law enforcement I can truly say I was disgusted by what I saw on his dashcam videos. The unions will anything they can to protect officers who deserve to be fired. I've seen it firsthand.