A Baltimore firm retained by the Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies Union will represent an officer charged this week with the reckless endangerment of a suspect in an April incident, but provided little additional detail on the deputy’s actions which led to the charge.
Though confirming that his firm, Schlachman Belsky and Weiner, would represent Behles in the criminal proceedings in their role as the firm retained by the deputies’ union, attorney Shaun Owens declined further comment.
“Unfortunately, I can’t get into the facts of the case,” he said. “It would be unethical for me to do so as this is an active case.”
Sgt. Kevin Thomas, president o f the union, expressed support for Behles when reached by phone Thursday, but likewise would not discuss specifics of the case or name Behles’ attorney himself until an official appearance was entered into court records.
“The union’s response is that we are in support of all union members to include DFC Behles, but as it is an active investigation, we can’t comment further,” Thomas said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said Sheriff Jesse Bane was not available for an interview and would not comment on the case, “suffice it to say the investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the matter was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office.” Hopkins directed further questions to Cassilly’s office.
The documents filed in Harford County District Court, obtained by The Dagger, include no additional detail of the specific actions taken by Behles on April 8, or the probable cause behind the charge against him.