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Police union responds to Safety Services Committee's call for independent review of complaints

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Stechschulte says organizations like NAACP are calling for these independent investigations because they don't like the results of the current investigation. Stechschulte says organizations like NAACP are calling for these independent investigations because they don't like the results of the current investigation.
Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in recent incidents that have been captured on video, of claims of excessive force against a suspect. Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in recent incidents that have been captured on video, of claims of excessive force against a suspect.

The union that represents Lima police officers believes their current system, which investigates citizen complaints, already goes beyond what is called for.

As the Safety Services Committee debates whether the City of Lima needs to have an outside independent agency to look at citizen complaints against Lima police officers, their union representative Steve Stechschulte says having the extra set of eyes is redundant when there are allegations of excessive force. Currently, the Lima Police Department uses agencies like Ohio BCI&I and the FBI to review cases where deadly force is used.  But Stechschulte adds having another agency review excessive force complaints could take more time because this agency would have to be asked to do the investigation, and could cost the department money if they charge for their services

"Our department has done a very good job at it, in fact from a union standpoint, I have even argued that our department has went beyond the scope of where they should have went and had more checks and balances that needed to be and it took longer that way," said Steve Stechschulte, Union Rep. Ohio Labor Council.

Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in recent incidents that have been captured on video of claims of excessive force against a suspect. Stechschulte says organizations like NAACP are calling for these independent investigations because they don't like the results of the current investigation. He adds if people want to reduce the use of force by officers, they need to follow the law and comply with the officers' instructions.

"Tell people that you have a duty by law to comply with the officers demands are. Whether you agree that you should be arrested or not, the best you can do is comply with the order, they take you into custody, they place the arguates in court and they find it wasn't a valid arrest, contact an attorney and you may have a civil suit. But if you want to see the use of forces go down, the union's contentions is just comply," added Stechschulte.

On Monday night, Lima's Safety Services Committee made a motion to explore what other cities do to handle citizen complaints, which will be discussed in future meetings.

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