Re: Officier suspended after hitting wheelchair bound prisoer
“Administrative” leave is not a suspension. In police matters it usually means that a final outcome awaits a full investigation into the matter. Police officers are routinely placed on administrative leave, especially whenever they fatally wound suspects.
Originally Posted by Bellicose
In fact, anytime police officers are suspected of misconduct of any kind, departmental policy calls for administrative leave pending detailed investigations. The full investigations lead to either full exoneration or to additional disciplinary actions.
As for charges in this case, the article reads that he “faces” a POSSIBILITY of charges “this” time because he had recently signed a “last chance” agreement relative to 5-previous excessive force complaints.
I’m not defending this man; any police officer who’s garnered five excessive force complaints in a mere two years probably has some serious anger management issues. And, he’s using his badge as a means of dealing with them. He’s a potential jack-boot who’s eventually going to kill someone unnecessarily.
Although the article does not go into the details, I suspect that this officer’s going to be criminally charged and placed on 30-day suspension with intent to dismiss. I also suspect that the evidence in prior complaints must have been blatantly conclusive resulting in settlements to the victims. As such, the department’s not going to be granting any benefits-of-the-doubt to the guy.
As reluctant as police departments are to nail one of their own, they don’t kowtow to officers whom they’ve required to sign “last chance” agreements because they don’t require it without having absolute evidence in support of the action.
As for the ultimate leveling of charges, the police department won’t have the final say. That will fall to the prosecuting authorities. And, they’ll base the charges on what they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal court, not on how pissed off they may be that a rogue managed not only to slip though the psychological screening, but has also managed to evade formal charges for two years.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.