The YOUNGSTOWN OPTION
September 17, 2012
Let me say at the outset of this piece that I know and personally like former Youngstown Police officer Phil Chance Jr. I certainly understand and would expect that he would take the best deal that he could make.
Ok, that being said, I am told that SOME law enforcement investigative agencies REQUIRE a 'COMMITMENT TO PROSECUTE' from the prosecuting authority PRIOR to accepting a public official corruption case. Simply paraphrased: if you want our investigatory skills, if we find criminal conduct you WILL prosecute. <- that's a period.
In the case of ,now, former YPD officer Phil Chance Jr, :
Chance had previously signed an agreement with the department after a series of internal affairs investigations. The agreement said he would be fired for any additional serious violations of department policies."So. guess that means misappropriating property while on duty isn't a serious violation of department policies--eh?
...and, by-the-way, what's the message to the 99+% of law enforcers that would never break the law, or violate department policies?
People that I've spoken with, law enforcers,public employees and public officials are very dismayed that, once again, a person accused of corruption just walks away.
Hence, the Youngstown Option(for public officials/employees), just resign, go away, or, as I say on the show 'walk in backwards and tell us you were leaving'...not taking the Youngstown option will result in criminal charges and then being fired.
Posted by lbf () on September 17, 2012 at 8:58 p.m.
Please note: I did NOT make up the expression: YOUNGSTOWN OPTION, that expression has been known and used for in law enforcement for decades.
Posted by One_Who_Stayed (anonymous) on September 18, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.
So if the "Youngstown Option" is so well known, why does it still exist?
I'm sure many will argue that his "loss of employment" is punishment enough.
Please allow me to retort. . . . when any private citizen (read - not a cop) gets charged with a crime, a DUI or whatever, they more often than not, lose their jobs as well. In other words, the average Joe gets tagged twice for the same thing this joker is being allowed to walk away from.
So again - if it is so obvious to everyone - why is it still happening?
Posted by ytownrunaway (anonymous) on September 28, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.
It has been happening ever since I can remember and probably more than people realize. If a judge, lawyer, prosecutor, cop or one of the many corrupt politicians get pulled over they just get a ride home. I wonder if they tuck them in bed too. Your question has been mind boggling to me for a very long time. Why don't the people of this Valley clean house, vote them all out and see what happens. Wouldn't you rather take that chance than putting these people back in office over and over again. There should be term limits for every office.