Struthers detective remains on disciplinary leave
A week after a pre-disciplinary conference spurred by allegations related to the “inappropriate conduct of a police officer,” Detective Ray Greenwood remains on a paid administrative leave.
His personnel file reveals that this isn’t the first disciplinary action taken against him.
Greenwood, whose personnel file begins with his Feb. 22, 1996, employment application for the city’s police reserves, was placed on leave May 28. In an internal memo from the same day, Police Chief Tim Roddy recommends to Ed Wildes, the city’s safety-service director, that “in light of ... recent events ... the city request an evaluation of [Greenwood’s] fitness for duty.”
“I want to be assured that officers of the Struthers Police Department are in the best possible shape physically as well as mentally,” Roddy continues.
A police report from May 26 — the day of a structure fire at the top of Spring Street, near Youngstown-Poland Road — details an alleged assault involving Greenwood.
According to a narrative written by Capt. Pat Bundy, a woman approached him while he was directing traffic and said she had just been assaulted by a police officer, whom she identified as Greenwood, working farther down the road.
She explained that she had come to the scene of the fire to see if her husband was OK, but that Greenwood said she wasn’t permitted to drive or walk any closer. The woman got out of her car, and Greenwood then “grabbed her arms and face and ... kicked her in the leg,” producing “bruises on her arms and lip.”
An investigator note written by Detective Jeff Lewis states that after the incident, the woman “was unsure if she wanted to pursue the issue as she is in fear for her safety.” She added that Greenwood, while dragging her back to her car with the assistance of a “stranger in regular clothes,” “was screaming at her the whole time and frightened her badly.”
Several people on the scene told police they hadn’t seen the incident, though one of the two witnesses described it as such: Greenwood “was screaming, pushing and grabbing a screaming woman trying to get her into a vehicle. We then saw him grab her arm and legs and lift her up and shove her into the passenger side of a vehicle and start slamming the door repeatedly to keep her from exiting the vehicle.”
Greenwood could not be reached for comment.
Read more about the officer in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.