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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

PO-PO, Harder sues FP PD; brutality discussion [FP]

The Forest Park Police Department has been holding hearings on the termination of Sgt. Dan Harder for... how long has it been now? Half a year?

Harder has filed a federal lawsuit against the Village of Forest Park, Mayor Anthony Calderone, Police Chief James Ryan, Deputy Village Clerk Sally Cody and Lt. Michael Cody. See Forest Park Review (Seth Stern).
The suit, filed in the US District Court on March 9, asks that Harder be compensated for damages including economic loss from both his current suspension and alleged denials of career opportunities as well as pain and suffering and attorney’s fees.

"Forest Park had a general, widespread, ongoing, permanent, well settled and accepted pattern of retaliating against employees who exercise federally protected political speech and who report allegations of criminal activity committed by fellow officers," states the lawsuit.

Chief Ryan claims to be firing Harder for swearing at a subordinate, excessive sick days and lying about his whereabouts on a sick day. The case against Harder seems pretty flimsy in the hearings to date.

Recently, Forest Park police officer Ken Gross was alleged to have used excessive force against a 19 year old Latino outside a bar. See Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) or Proviso Probe. One thing I did not make clear in the Proviso Probe coverage is that Edison Reformado claims he did not know Gross was a police officer when he him. Reformado claims all Gross' identifying markings were covered or obscured by a brown jacket (hoody-like) worn over his police uniform.

Until I read some of the comments on Proviso Probe, I thought it was obvious police brutality is wrong. But since it seems to be open to debate I wrote a column explaining why police brutality is wrong and how regular folk need to make their opposition to police brutalit clear. See Forest Park Review.

5 Comments:

  • The Forest Park Review editorial tries to be as tactful as possible in recommending to the village that it settle the Harder case.

    BTW, what's up with the Calderone/Sturino/Ryan case to fire Lt. Steve Johnsen? I heard a rumor that the village has realized the case is too weak to proceed, but the leadership is too arrogant to back down.

    I know less about the Johnsen case, but it seems to have more merit than the case against Harder. But I suppose I thought the case against Harder had more merit when I first started following it too.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:36 AM, March 22, 2006  

  • Did you not read Officer Gross's report. He was in plain clothes. Maybe Edison did not hear the officer identify himself because he was impaired and was in the midst of a fight after being thrown out?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 PM, March 22, 2006  

  • Even so, Reformado was wrong to stike Gross

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:54 PM, March 22, 2006  

  • Merit shmerit carl! I already got my checkbook out and am ready to write yet another share of my hard earned income as a taxpayer to these two cops because of these a$$holes calerone & ryan and their bullshit witch hunts. i am so damn fed, as in i hope the feds come for those crooks up with these two I can't even read the newspaper anymore. Nice job in the review the other day though carl. I've been watching these brutality fools on that website and i just can't even look at it anymore. Anyway looks like from my reading we got us another screw up cop here. I read the report you posted and the thing that jumps off the screen to me is how much detail this cop gives in what he is wearing in his report. Cops never type what they are wearing unless they know it will be important to document in the court when they have to expalin why they beat the poor kid after forgeting to ID themselves as officers before they apply their street justice. Oh thats right the cop said the other guy hit him first. imagine that and how convenient. Hey carl, got any pictures of the cop after he got hurt so bad by this kid? Something tells me he don't look like a jar of strawberry jam got smeared on his face like this kids. For all you cop lovers that don't make cops answer any questions when they return these dangerous criminals to their mommys like this kid, don't even start with me. No excuse here. go pick up your kid looking like this and then we will talk or will you just have your little johnny jr. go back to the police station and apologize to the nice police officer gross for being an inconvenience to him and having to teach your little boy a lesson? Some a$$hole actually said that on the other website. looks like it should be back to whatever warehouse you were hired from there gross. Or maybe with this type of potential, calderone and ryan will give him a promotion. would not suprise me.

    By Blogger watching & waiting, at 11:45 PM, March 25, 2006  

  • Police department apologists apparently aren't willing to own up to the fact that in the vast majority of these cases, harmless and relatively innocent people are being tasered and sometimes killed because they hadn't responded quickly enough to some 'compliance' order being barked at them by a policeman! Never mind that the person being tasered may not have understood, or heard, or even realized what was being said to him. Immediate 'compliance' is the order of the day today with Officer Rambo and too bad if you get killed for not obeying police 'orders' quickly enough!

    Transforming Office Friendly into Officer Rambo

    Gradually, the hidden hand of the Illuminati has been converting city police departments across America into organizations staffed with personnel that are coming to more closely resemble the police of Stalin's era or that of former East Germany. We no longer have the friendly policeman walking the beat in America. He was the sort of cop who was treated with respect by everyone in the neighborhood- not out of fear- but rather from a sense of admiration and welcome for the heightened sense of security that ensued in the wake of his presence.
    It will never be the same in mayberry

    By Blogger AuntBsMayberry, at 10:46 AM, March 27, 2006  

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