Published 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.