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Youngstown cops under investigation



Published: Thu, July 10, 2008 @ 12:09 a.m.

STAFF REPORT

YOUNGSTOWN — A police department internal affairs investigation is under way into allegations that officers left their positions while on duty.

Mayor Jay Williams says the allegation involves between two and four police officers who were working an overnight shift June 14.

He didn’t know if those involved are patrol officers or ranking personnel.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes couldn’t be reached.

The officers continue to work because no violations have been substantiated, the mayor said.

“If a violation is determined to have occurred, I’m prepared to pursue the harshest penalty allowed,” he said.

Williams categorized the investigation as being in its early stages.

When it concludes, the information will be delivered to Hughes and the mayor.

“Obviously, an investigation with allegations of this magnitude, I’m going to be involved,” Williams said.

If the allegations prove true, the process will follow the procedures outlined in the police contract. It calls for progressive discipline, the mayor said, and termination is possible.

“There is a well-worn, well-established procedure for it to go through,” he said.

This marks the second alleged infraction of departmental policy in the last month.

On June 19, Detective Sgt. Robert Deichman, who worked in the police department’s accident investigation unit, was killed when his unmarked car crashed into a tractor-trailer that pulled into his path on Salt Springs Road.

Deichman’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.158, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08. Deichman was off duty but on call at the time of the crash.


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1clayor(281 comments)posted 6 years ago

Did anyone bother to find out what caused these people to do what they did?

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2undead76(63 comments)posted 6 years ago

I'm SURE they had a good reason to leave their posts. I agree with Oldman, they need to fire the whole bunch. I don't care if the chief is a good man or not, the buck has to stop at the top.

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3clayor(281 comments)posted 6 years ago

I am thinking this might have been the night of that fatal accident, could be they were just too upset. They could have called out another shift. As far as discipline, I have only heard the mayor say he would take action, nothing from the chief. If that was the night in question, I do think firing is way too harsh of a punishment. Use a little compassion here. Old man, lighten up, your obit is gonna read "he was a mean, old, bstard. What a legacy, you should be proud that I wrote it so you could see it before it was published! I hate accolades after someone dies, what's the point!

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4yanks08(3 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hey Clayor, the morning of the fatal accident involving the DRUNK policeman was Thursday June 19th, the officers left their posts during the midnight shift on June 14th!

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5GTX66(339 comments)posted 6 years ago

There is no excuse for leaving duty without at least notifying dispatch.

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