The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has revealed that the results of its independent investigation found insufficient evidence to substantiate the misconduct and civil right violations alleged against members of the Aberdeen Police Department.
The violations, which allegedly included excessive force and false arrest, were brought forth against Aberdeen police officers by the local chapter of the NAACP following a February incident at the Boys and Girls Club.
Here is a release from the Aberdeen Police Department:
Results of Harford County Sheriff’s Office Investigation
On February 11th, 2009 several arrests were made after an incident at the Boys and Girls Club on East Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen. The local chapter of the NAACP requested an independent investigation of the incident alleging officer misconduct.
The results of an impartial and thorough investigation conducted by the Office of Professional Standards of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office have been released. The Professional Standards Office concluded there was insufficient evidence to substantiate any Civil Rights or departmental rules of conduct violations.
For information regarding this incident, please contact Sgt. Frederick Budnick, Media Relations, Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121 ext 121.
The announcement of the HCSO investigation results prompted an immediate and harsh response from the local Fraternal Order of police:
The Harford County Municipal Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 128 would like to take this opportunity to thank the Office of Professional Standards of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for their independent and unbiased review of an incident that occurred in February on E Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, Maryland.
The local chapter of the NAACP demanded a review of the incident in which their organization claimed excessive force and false arrest by officers of the Aberdeen Police Department. The chapter also demanded one officer in particular be fired. The investigation is completed and revealed no wrong doings on the part of the officers from the Aberdeen Police Department and as a result there were found to be no civil rights or departmental violations. While tensions and emotions were elevated, the officers handled the situation properly.
This lodge is disappointed in the local chapter of the NAACP for the following reasons:
– The local chapter would hold a press conference and slander, defame, and call for the firing of an officer before a fair and impartial investigation was completed.
– The local chapter of the NAACP would use a scare tactic by saying if the investigation did not turn out the way they wanted it to; they will take their complaint to the Federal level.
– The history of the local NAACP shows targeting of a particular officer in which this officer has been slandered and defamed. After an investigation of a prior complaint revealed no wrong doing on the officer’s part, the NAACP withdrew their complaint.
It seems the local chapter of the NAACP has targeted the Aberdeen Police Department and their personnel with fraudulent and unwarranted complaints. This lodge would hope that any future malicious and unfounded complaints would be handled and prosecuted by the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office.
This lodge does not want to discourage valid complaints. This lodge encourages officers to act professional and use the necessary and reasonable amount of force and tactics to affect an arrest or quell civil disorders of those breaking the laws.
Authority for release:
Lodge 128 (MD) Executive Board
Wm. Benjamin Lay Jr – President
Jason Neidig – Vice President/Secretary
Billy Thompson – State Trustee
Anthony Burke – Treasurer