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Ex-police chief Hughes bashes OT cuts



Published: Fri, February 24, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Hughes: Killing of teen could have been prevented

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Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Had his successor kept certain overtime initiatives in place, some violent crimes — including the murder of a 17-year-old — would have been prevented, retired police Chief Jimmy Hughes said.

Current Chief Rod Foley said, however, that Hughes’ policies were breaking the bank and would not have stopped any surge in the homicide rate at the end of 2011.

Hughes, who is running for Mahoning County sheriff, said Foley, who became chief after Hughes retired, brought more than $27,000 in savings to the police department, but cut valuable overtime programs to do so.

He said cutting those programs resulted in increased crime and possibly an increase in the homicide rate.

Hughes touted special police details around St. Dominic Church on the South Side and at the East Side housing development where 17-year-old Carlos Crues Jr. was killed earlier this year, initiated during his administration, as major forces in crime prevention.

“We got all that stuff in place and not only did we get it in place, we crunched the numbers. We chased the individuals that were shooters, and we targeted them and we were picking them up,” Hughes said in a recent meeting with The Vindicator’s editorial board.

“And I think, personally, that’s the main reason why, when they cut all that stuff out, homicides skyrocketed,” he said.

Foley said Hughes was only able to maintain certain details through the use of considerable overtime — something the city budget could not maintain.

He said the department could not properly fill a patrol shift without placing officers on overtime because so many officers were assigned to special details.

Foley said the more-vital special details have been maintained, but several were stopped because of the cost.

Hughes retired in August 2011. The city had recorded 11 homicides for those first eight months.

Foley took office in September, and the city had an additional 12 homicides to end the year with 23.

“We would target individuals that were shooters. That Kendis Circle [Carlos Crues Jr.] shooting and killing would not have happened,” Hughes said.

Foley acknowledges the last eight months of Hughes administration saw less homicide and violent crime, but he said it is unfair to make a comparison based on eight months.

Foley pointed out the city’s 2011 homicide rate was on par with previous years. The city recorded 32 homicides in 2006; 39 in 2007; 28 in 2008; 24 in 2009; and 21 in 2010. Hughes became chief in 2006.

Hughes claims all overtime fell within his budget allotment and was necessary to put the brakes on certain types of crime in various parts of the city.


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1MLC75(500 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hughes is a joke,he had the worse crime rate ever.Its time for him to just shut up,he had his chance and failed.

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

No wonder this country is in such a mess, I talked with a few of my neighbors that have "elect Hughes" signs in their yards, the only reason they wanted him was because he was Black.

I could care less what color a man is, he still bleeds red, I want someone who will do the Job right.

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3JMHO(118 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

That is inexcusable to flatly state that the Crues murder would not have happened. Way to infuriate the family! I guess Hughes doesn't buy into the "Never criticize your successor" motto. Hmmmmm, wonder where he got that from?

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4Silence_Dogood(1216 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

waspeb thebub probub, itsp onleab the taxbayerz mumbies. Izeb thinkeb eberyonez shoulb workeb the obertime.

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5pgurney(246 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I didn't like him as police chief and definitely will not vote for him as sheriff, either.

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6redvert(2006 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

He will get all the "black" votes automatically and that may be enough if the white people split their votes instead of getting behind one candidate.

If this sounds like it is a black vs white statement it is because that is exactly what it is. A black man, Hughes that has a poor record vs a white man Greene that has the background that is needed.

Hopefully the fact that the county as a whole is a little more racially diverse than Ytown will result in the right candidate winning the primary. But, this is the valley....

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7commoncitizen(949 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, like under his watch the poor lady that got shot at St dom's and the ols man that got shot on Market street a few weeks later--Hughes "overtime" sure helped them. What an idiot.

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8walter_sobchak(1750 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

“We would target individuals that were shooters. That Kendis Circle [Carlos Crues Jr.] shooting and killing would not have happened,” Hughes said.

Well, since you know who the shooters are then you should have BEEN preventing murders from happening but you obviously weren't doing that because many innocent people were victimized. Please shut up because you show how ignorant you are every time you flap your yap.

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9BobK(14 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

For anyone to say a certain event or crime "would not have happened" is simple ignorance and stupidity. NO one could know that. Would he havehad an officer sitting with the shooter to stop him?
Hughes should be embarassed for saying that and is only trying to cover for his poor skills.
Take you half million payday and go away and let the pros have a try at doing the job for a while.

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10BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I want to meet anyone who can predict when and where a crime is going to take place...We would be on our way to the casino, racetrack, or nearest lotto booth...

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11jimmyd123(195 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

And this moron wants to be Sheriff???? Not getting my vote

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12legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Now take it easy J J J J J JJ JJ JIMMY

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13Jerry(444 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

All I needed to read was the first paragraph of this article. Any former police official who would make this type of public statement is a complete moron.

Knowing nothing else about Jimmy Hughes, I know now that he is completely undeserving of any public position.

I will never vote for him for anything.

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14hmm(175 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hughes NO... Greene YES. Tired of Double dippers Wellington retires becomes Sheriff, Hughes wants to follow suit with the bug bucks ..... Nope ... Give the job to a young working man not someone recieving a pension already ....

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152muchtax(238 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hughes is an idiot, barely speaks English, I agree with hmm, welington the useless double dipper also is not worth paying. I hope Greene does the job and won't just roll with the unions! I think foley is and will continue to do a good job. Hughes disappear with all the money you stole from the taxpayers!

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16Lifes2Short(3867 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Please just go away Hughes. You were useless and your still useless.

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17sybild11(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I want to say thank you to JF for finally saying the obvious, a black person's life back home is worth than 2076 dollars per person.

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