A man from Industry Borough has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Beaver Borough, the Beaver Police Chief, and several of its officers, alleging excessive force was used against him during a traffic stop in August of 2016, and alleging false charges were then filed against him in an apparent attempt to justify the “brutality” of what occurred.

James Edward Cicco filed a civil complaint in federal district court last week against Beaver Patrolmen Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims and Bo Blinn, Chief Daniel Madgar, and the Borough of Beaver. Cicco lists causes of action including negligence, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution, and civil rights violations.

As part of his litigation, Cicco details an alleged history of excessive force by Officer Wijnen-Reims dating back years that he asserts the Beaver Police Department has failed to address.

The Beaver Countian has reported extensively about the encounter between James Cicco and Beaver Police, publishing over 30 articles related to Cicco’s arrest and subsequent judicial proceedings in the case — including the publishing of a police dash-cam video that captured the entire incident which was released to the public pursuant to a court order (a complete archive of the Beaver Countian’s news coverage is available here).

Members of the Beaver Borough Police Department have made no public comments about the incident outside of testimony in court proceedings.

James Cicco’s Allegations Against Beaver Police

Attorneys Kenneth Fawcett and Chad Bowers (Bowers & Fawcett LLC) outlined James Cicco’s case against Beaver Police in his federal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania:

“On August 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m., James E. Cicco, was operating his 1997 Ford Explorer SUV westwardly on Route 68 in the Borough of Beaver. Defendants, Blinn and Wijnen-Reims, began to follow Plaintiff on Route 68 in the Borough of Beaver. Defendants, Blinn and Wijnen-Reims, were operating separate Beaver Police vehicles.

“Defendants, Blinn and Wijnen-Reims, followed Plaintiff into Industry Borough without attempting to pull the Plaintiff over and without activating lights or sirens. Defendant Blinn was traveling so close to Plaintiff that he created a dangerous and hazardous condition jeopardizing the safety of Cicco and Blinn. Defendant Blinn activated his emergency lights while directly behind Plaintiff in Industry Borough to respond to a disturbance call in Midland Borough. Plaintiff pulled off to the side of the road and Defendant Blinn passed the Plaintiff.

“Defendant Wijnen-Reims continued to follow the Plaintiff.

“At that time, Defendant Wijnen-Reims, without probable cause, decided to perform a traffic stop. Plaintiff exercised his right to seek a safe location to pull over and drove a short distance to his home where he stopped. Defendant Wijnen-Reims exited his vehicle and yanked open the Plaintiff’s driver’s side door grabbing the Plaintiff. Defendant Wijnen-Reims grabbed and pulled Plaintiff in an attempt to drag the Plaintiff from the car. Defendant Wijnen-Reims was unable to drag the Plaintiff from the car as the Plaintiff was entangled in his seat belt.

“Defendant Wijnen-Reims himself pulled the seat belt loose, let go of the Plaintiff and returned to his unit where he obtained Beaver K-9 Czar.

“As soon as Defendant Wijnen-Reims let go of the Plaintiff and returned to his patrol vehicle, Plaintiff, free from his seat belt, immediately turned with both hands extended up surrendering to the Defendant. Despite Plaintiff’s obvious sign of surrender, Defendant Wijnen-Reims released his K-9, Czar, and returned to the Plaintiff’s car, where Plaintiff retreated by closing the door to protect himself from the approaching K-9.

“With deliberate indifference to Plaintiffs constitutional protections, Defendant Wijnen-Reims opened the car door and deployed the K-9 which attacked Plaintiff at the Defendant’s command. Plaintiff was seriously injured by the K-9 in this attack.

“The K-9 and Defendant Wijnen-Reims jointly pulled the Plaintiff from the car and onto the ground where Wijnen-Reims allowed the K-9 to maul the Plaintiff while Wijnen-Reims held onto Plaintiff’s arm. Wijnen-Reims then had to physically remove the K-9 from engagement with the Plaintiff when the K-9 refused to obey commands to release.

“After physically removing the K-9 from engagement with Plaintiff, the Defendant, Wijnen-Reims, secured the Plaintiff with handcuffs after driving his knee into Plaintiff’s back as he lay face down on the ground.

“At this time, K-9 Czar re-engaged and began to attack the Plaintiff a second time inflicting serious injuries upon the Plaintiff. Defendant, Wijnen-Reims, was again unable to control his K-9 and was required to forcibly remove the K-9 from the Plaintiff.

“Defendant, Blinn, returned to the scene to assist Defendant, Wijnen- Reims, and helped to pick the Plaintiff up off the ground. Upon getting the Plaintiff to a standing position Defendant, Blinn, slammed the Plaintiff’s head and upper body off the hood of the Plaintiff’s vehicle causing additional personal injuries.

“In an apparent effort to justify his acts of brutality and excess force, Defendant Wijnen-Reims with the consent and support of the co-defendants, filed a criminal complaint with false and inaccurate allegations totaling 59 separate counts. Included were one count of aggravated assault, fifty counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of resisting arrest, one count of fleeing or eluding, two counts of driving under the influence, one count of driving while operating privilege is suspended, one count of careless driving, one count of taunting a police animal and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

“At the Preliminary Hearing the aggravated assault count and all fifty (50) counts for possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. One count of driving under the influence was withdrawn leaving only seven counts held for Court. A second Complaint was filed with one count of possessions of a controlled substance after the Preliminary Hearing.

“Included in the Complaint was charge of taunting a police animal, alleging that Plaintiff kicked at K-9 Czar, causing the dog to engage. In response to Plaintiff’s motion for Habeas Corpus, and hearing at which the video of the entire stop was introduced, the Honorable Dale Fouse of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County found that even if it is assumed that the Plaintiff made contact with the K-9, it was in direct response to Defendant Wijnen-Reims driving his knee into Plaintiff’s back and thus no evidence of the required mens rea. Therefore, the count was dismissed.

“Similarly Defendant Wijnen-Reims in an apparent attempt to justify the excessive use of force, charged Plaintiff with resisting arrest. Again, Judge Fouse found, after reviewing the video of the incident, that there was no evidence of Plaintiff resisting arrest and dismissed the charge. Likewise, Defendant Wijnen-Reims charged Plaintiff with driving under the influence. Again judge Fouse, finding the Commonwealth’s evidence insufficient to support a prima facie case dismissed the charge.

“Defendant Wijnen-Reims, in an apparent attempt to justify his stop of the Plaintiff, charged Plaintiff with careless driving. At trial, the Honorable Harry Knafelc of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County found the Plaintiff not guilty of careless driving.

“In an apparent attempt to obstruct justice, Defendants during discovery in the underlying criminal case provided Plaintiff with the dashboard camera footage without audio. Defendant Wijnen-Reims as well as Corporal Kenneth McCoy of the Beaver Police Department testified under oath that there was no audio contained on the dashboard video. Only after the criminal trial concluded and an unedited copy of the video was released to the public pursuant to a right-to-know request, was it discovered that there was in fact audio that was withheld from Plaintiff.

“Despite all of the foregoing, there is no evidence that Defendant Wijnen-Reims has ever been disciplined by the Borough of Beaver, its police department, or Defendant Daniel Madgar, Chief of Police.

“Based upon the foregoing, there existed in the Borough of Beaver, a custom, practice and/or policy of deliberate indifference to instances of vicious and unprovoked attacks upon, unreasonable treatment of, and the use of excessive force upon members of the community and criminal/civil defendants by Defendant Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims and Bo Blinn. This settled custom, practice and/or policy was established and maintained by the Borough of Beaver, including its Council, Mayor, Chief of Police, Daniel Madgar, and Police Department through its/their knowing acquiescence and tolerance of such activities and behavior and failure to act to prevent the same.

“This custom, practice and/or policy existed for a significant time prior to the attack upon the plaintiff. The customs, practices and/or policies of the Borough of Beaver and its Police Department consisted of the following:

(a) Deliberate indifference to the constitutional rights of the citizens of the Borough of Beaver, the Borough of Industry, and the County of Beaver;

(b) Deliberate indifference to the need to protect the citizens of the Borough of Beaver, the Borough of Industry, and the County of Beaver from attacks by Defendants, Wijnen-Reims and Blinn;

(c) Deliberate indifference to the obvious need for training and supervision of Defendant Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims, especially in the face of repeated complaints, and lawsuits alleging police brutality and use of excessive force;

(d) Failing to properly investigate the complaints by citizens about the activities of Wijnen-Reims on all dates in question;

(e) Failing to properly prevent attacks and the use of excessive force by Defendants, Wijnen-Reims and Blinn, upon people they were investigating by removing them from the police force;

(f) Failing to properly supervise Defendants, Wijnen-Reims and Blinn when they were making arrests or investigating potential criminal activity;

(g) Failure to terminate Defendant Wijnen-Reims after learning of his vicious and violent tendencies and repeated use of excessive force;

(h) Failure to terminate Defendant Wijnen-Reims after 3 separate federal civil rights lawsuits were filed against Defendant, Wijnen-Reims and Defendant, Borough of Beaver alleging violation of citizens’ federal civil rights.

(i) In that Defendant, the Borough of Beaver failed to properly train, educate and instruct the members of its police department on the proper procedures for determining the appropriate use of force;

(j) In failing to adopt and enforce an adequate use of force policy;

(k) In failing to properly, train, educate, and instruct the members of its police department and Defendant, Wijnen­ Reims in the proper use of its K-9;

(I) In failing to adopt and enforce an adequate policy on the use of K-9’s;

(m) In failing to properly train its K-9 Czar;

(n) In failing to take its K-9 Czar out of service when it was known that the K-9 was unsuitable for police work;

“The prior filed federal civil rights lawsuits are further evidence of Beaver Borough’s knowledge of Wijnen-Reims’ violent propensities and deliberate indifference to the same. Beaver Borough continued to employ Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims despite knowledge of the information set forth herein.

“This conduct by Wijnen-Reims and Blinn, and the failure of Defendants, Borough of Beaver and Madgar, to prevent the same, is outrageous and shocks one’s conscience. At all material times, the members of the Beaver Borough Council, Borough Manager, the Mayor of Beaver, Defendant Wijnen-Reims and Defendant Blinn acted under color of state law.”

An Alleged History Of Excessive Force

As part of his lawsuit against the Beaver Borough Police Department, attorneys for James Cicco outlined a series of alleged incidents of excessive force by Officer Wijnen-Reims dating back years. The following summaries are taken from pages 4 to 14 of Cicco’s federal complaint:

“On December 25, 2001, Richard St. Esprit was to meet his ex-wife Stacey Coakley at the New Brighton Police Department to exchange custody of their son. Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims, Coakley’s husband, was also present. At that exchange, Officer Wijnen-Reims, without provocation, attacked St. Esprit pulling a sweater over St. Esprit’s head and assaulting him. As the result of this incident, St. Esprit was knocked unconscious. This incident was reported to and made known to the Beaver Borough Police Chief and Borough Council.”

“In March 2002, James K. Hooker Sr. was employed as the Brighton Township Road Department Foreman. On March 22, 2002, James K. Hooker, as the result of inclement weather, began working at approximately 9:30 p.m. to clear and salt the roads of Brighton Township. Hooker was salting Dutch Ridge Road in his capacity as an employee for Brighton Township. Dutch Ridge Road runs in a general North and South direction in Brighton Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. At the southern end of Dutch Ridge Road, said road travels into the Borough of Beaver.

“In March, 2002, Brighton Township was required to salt and plow Dutch Ridge Road to Fifth Street in the Borough of Beaver. On March 22, 2002, while Hooker was salting Dutch Ridge Road near Fifth Street in the Borough of Beaver as part of his duties for Brighton Township, Officer Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims engaged in a verbal confrontation with him, using profanity. Hooker continued to salt Dutch Ridge Road, but was pulled over by Officer Wijnen­ Reims. Officer Wijnen-Reims approached the vehicle that James Hooker was operating and sprayed him with mace. Wijnen-Reims dragged Hooker from the salt truck and threw Hooker against his Beaver Borough Police Vehicle several times. Officer Wijnen­ Reims struck Hooker’s head off the rear of the police car on several occasions. Officer Wijnen-Reims threw Hooker to the ground and struck Hooker’s head on the pavement several times. As a result, Hooker was hospitalized. This incident was reported and made known to the police department of Beaver Borough, Borough Council, and was much publicized in the Beaver County Times.”

“On July 7, 2003, Christopher Eric Green was summoned to the Beaver Police Station at the oral request of the Beaver Police. Once at the police station, Christopher Eric Green was taken to an interrogation room by Defendant Wijnen-Reims, who began to scream at him and accused Green of giving another Beaver Police Officer false information. Green told Officer Wijnen-Reims that he did not give false information and did not know what Officer Wijnen-Reims was talking about. Officer Wijnen-Reims used profanity and grabbed Green by his jersey. Green was pushed into a railing and to the floor where he was handcuffed and then picked up off the floor by Wijnen-Reims and thrown into a window in the police department. The window shattered as Green’s upper body went into the window. Green was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center of Beaver County. Green sought medical treatment for his injuries. The Borough of Beaver and the Beaver Police Department had actual notice of this incident.”

“Prior to September 28, 2004, Robert Capo, Sr., had run for Mayor in the Borough of Beaver against a long-time incumbent Mayor, Robert Linn, who had a close and long-standing relationship with the Police Chief and Police Department. After that election, Capo, Sr. and his family were harassed by Officers of the Beaver Police Department. On September 28, 2004, Benjamin H. Capo, son of Robert Capo, Sr., was riding his bicycle in the Borough of Beaver, on Third Street, when he was stopped by Defendant Wijnen-Reims and issued a citation for failure to have a light on his bicycle. Benjamin Capo told officer Wijnen-Reims to mail him the citation after he (Capo) had provided Wijnen-Reims with his address and all necessary information to fill out said citation.

“Benjamin Capo then parked his bicycle and walked into a local restaurant. Officer Wijnen-Reims followed Capo into the retail store, placed him in a choke hold, and dragged him out of the store. Capo was thrown against the side of the police car by Officer Wijnen-Reims and arrested. Capo was taken to the Beaver Police Station and, upon entering the police station, was slammed into a glass door on several occasions. Officer Wijnen-Reims struck Benjamin Capo on the head with this clipboard and threatened to throw him down the steps.

“Robert Capo, Sr. came upon the scene when his son was being arrested and followed Wijnen-Reims and his son to the police station. Upon arrival, Robert Capo, Sr. was told to go to the front part of the police station. A short time later, Officer Wijnen-Reims instructed Robert Capo, Sr. to leave the station after he had requested to see his son. Robert Capo was placed in a choke hold around his neck and slammed against the wall by Officer Wijnen-Reims. Wijnen­ Reims handcuffed Robert Capo, Sr. and made the cuffs so tight that Capo Sr.’s wrist sustained lacerations and abrasions.

“Both Robert Capo and Benjamin Capo were charged criminally, but those charges were dismissed after a preliminary hearing held before Magisterial District Judge Douglas Loughner in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Both Robert Capo and Benjamin Capo sought medical treatment for their injuries. The Borough of Beaver and the Beaver Police Department had actual notice of this incident.”

“On October 21, 2004, Lorri Stiles and Richard Doychek stopped at the drive-through window of the McDonalds’ Restaurant in the Borough of Beaver to purchase takeout food. While Stiles was sitting in the drive-through lane waiting to order, she observed what she believed to be an assault on a female worker at the restaurant. At that time, Richard Doychek exited Stiles’ vehicle to intervene between Walter Buckenheimer and his daughter, who was the female employee. At that point, an argument and confrontation began between Doychek and Buckenheimer. The police were summoned by way of a call to the Beaver County 911 Center.

“Defendant Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims responded to said incident and questioned Stiles.

“Stiles attempted to explain to Officer Wijnen-Reims what she had observed and what had led to the confrontation. Officer Wijnen-Reims recognized Stiles as the person who wrote an editorial about the Beaver Police in the local newspaper the previous year and told Stiles to “shut-up” and insisted that she was drunk. Stiles was arrested and transported to The Medical Center of Beaver County where a blood test was performed. No alcohol was found in Stiles’ blood. At that point, Stiles was transported to the Beaver Borough Police Department. While at the Police Department, Officer Wijnen-Reims told Stiles that he had called her husband and explained to him that Stiles was having sex with Richard Doychek.

“Stiles was kept at the Beaver Police Department for three hours and then transported to the Beaver County Jail where she remained for seven days. Officer Wijnen-Reims did call Stiles’ husband, Joel Koslicki, on October 21, 2004 and informed him that his wife was having sex with Doychek in the back seat of the police car and tested positive for Viagra. This information was completely untrue.”

“On December 12, 2004, Adam Colbert went to Thursday’s Bar and Restaurant in Bridgewater, Beaver County, Pennsylvania 15009. Colbert arrived at approximately 10:00 p.m., and while present a fight started between several patrons of Thursday’s Bar who were not with Colbert.

“All patrons including Colbert were ordered/pushed outside the bar by Thursday’s security officers, and the Bridgewater Police were summoned. Defendant Wijnen-Reims responded in his capacity as a Beaver Police Officer to Thursday’s in support of the Bridgewater Police Department. The fight, which started in the bar, continued in the parking lot. Adam Colbert was standing in the parking lot when he was grabbed by Wijnen-Reims around the neck and slammed onto the hood of a police car. Colbert was maced by Wijnen-Reims, arrested, handcuffed, and taken to the Bridgewater Police Station.

“At the Bridgewater Police Station, Wijnen-Reims threatened to mace Colbert again. Colbert sought medical treatment for his injuries.”

“Green, Robert Capo Sr., Benjamin H. Capo, Stiles and Koslick filed a federal lawsuit alleging a violation of their civil rights and state law claims against the Borough of Beaver, The Police Department of the Borough of Beaver, and Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania at C.A. No: 05-0863.

“Colbert filed suit, alleging a violation of his civil rights and state law claims, against the Borough of Beaver, the Police Department of the Borough of Beaver and Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania at C.A. No.: 05-1157.”

“In 2010, Robert Michael Doyle, resided at 449 Sharon Road, Beaver, Beaver County, Pennsylvania 15009. On May 19, 2010, the Defendant, Officer Wijnen-Reims, while in his capacity as a Beaver Police Officer, received information from Franka Brendle that Robert Doyle had violated a Protection from Abuse (PFA) Order, which had been entered for the benefit of Doyle’s daughter, Caitlin Doyle.

“Franka Brendle alleged that Doyle had violated the PFA Order by having his grandmother, Mary Ann Grossi, contact Caitlin Doyle at the Brendle residence. On May 19, 010, Officer Wijnen-Reims telephoned Doyle’s home. Wijnen-Reims spoke with Doyle’s mother, Sydney Doyle. Sydney Doyle attempted to explain to Officer Wijnen-Reims that the PFA Order allowed Doyle to have supervised visitation and to contact Franka Brendle to arrange said visitation.

“After speaking with Sydney Doyle, Officer Wijnen-Reims traveled to the Doyle household at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wijnen-Reims knocked on Doyle’s door, at which time Sydney Doyle answered the door. Officer Wijnen-Reims stated that he wanted to speak with Robert Doyle. Mrs. Doyle attempted to explain the PFA Order to Officer Wijnen-Reims and why Doyle had not violated that Order. Wijnen-Reims mocked Mrs. Doyle by stating “blah, blah, blah.” Officer Wijnen-Reims insisted on seeing Doyle. Doyle, who was resting, got up and came to the door. When Officer Wijnen-Reims saw Doyle, he pushed the door open and charged after him. Doyle back pedaled and fell onto the steps that lead to the upstairs of the residence. Wijnen-Reims deployed his taser and tased Doyle twice while Doyle was laying on the steps. Wijnen-Reims grabbed Doyle’s shirt and began to strike him about the head with his handcuffs and then pulled him to his feet and handcuffed him.

“As Defendant Wijnen-Reims pushed Doyle toward the front door, he slammed him down onto a coffee table. He picked him up and took him towards the same door from which Defendant Wijnen-Reims had entered the home. As he approached the door, Defendant Wijnen-Reims slammed Doyle’s head into the side panel glass window of the door thereby breaking it with Doyle’s head. Defendant Wijnen-Reims placed Doyle in the police car and took him to the Beaver Police Department. While at the Beaver Police Department, emergency medical personnel were summoned to treat Doyle and he was taken to the hospital for treatment that included numerous sutures to close lacerations to his face and head caused by Defendant Wijnen-Reims’ actions and conduct.

“Doyle filed a federal lawsuit alleging a violation of his civil rights and state law claims against the Borough of Beaver, the Police Department of the Borough of Beaver, and Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania at Case No.: 11-0016.”

James Cicco’s federal lawsuit against the Beaver Borough Police Department can be read in full here.

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John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

154 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully this trial starts in the fall. Bo is naturally tanning during the summer months and can’t take time away from manscaping to be dragged into court for this long.

     
  2. I hope they bleed Beaver dry! What is the matter with the citizenry there? By their silence they condone this behavior and back the Chief and his thugs. Shame on them for allowing this piece of shit to be a “peace officer”. He’s one freak-out from going ballistic and harming others. Where the hell is the DA? Stonewall, wake up and smell the coffee. The county is crumbling under your 4 year slumber party!

     
    • There has to be a lot more to this “story”. Why the stony silence from Beaver Boro??? I’m encouraged that a Federal lawsuit has been filed – maybe, just maybe, those who are obviously protecting this cop will be exposed. We can only hope.

       
  3. I thought Benyo was going to be the one taking these mentally diminished bastards and shooting them through the grease.

     
  4. Beaver Police and Beaver County Courthouse is one giant scandal machine. I hope James Cicco bankrupts those sons of bitches.

     
  5. Nice try Bob but it’s ALWAYS the taxpayers who pay and pay and pay. The citizens of Beaver who voted for this mayor and council, the Chief of police and anyone else in that department will get tarred with the same brush. THEY should be the ones having to pay. Overlooking criminal activity is not a civic duty. Fellow officers please re-read you oath of office.

     
  6. they need to be behind the officer he puts his life on the line everyday the man is a drug addict so yea lets award him money so he can buy more drugs this is a damn shame that the officer has to go thru this he was cleared

     
      • This cop is loaded and ready to hurt someone more seriously than he already has. He should have been put in jail for these horrible assaults! I don’t care if the kid uses drugs or not, he, nor anyone for that matter, didn’t deserve the beating and attack he received. That cop should maybe put down the steroids and get out of the “serving the community” business. He serves his angry and violent ways and that borough condones it. I hope this kid gets mega money!

         
      • While I see the point you’re trying to make, in this instance what the perpetrator did is on video as are the actions of the officer and his K9. Clearly there is no valid defense for their behavior. Both the officer and the K9 should be dismissed immediately.

         
      • Rainy appears to be one of the people that reads the headline and immediately heads down the page to make a comment……without bothering to read the article.

         
    • Rainy Conforto, letters make words, words make sentences, breath at the periods, start at the top left, wprk left to right, top to bottom. Sound out any big words.

       
    • Welp, one was asleep at his house shortly before he was assaulted, one was pulled over on a bicycle for riding without a light… BIG TROUBLE lol I see reading and comprehension isn’t your strong suit… but I promise if you read the article it’s all in there.

       
    • I see you’re disable (READ: Old and overweight), so don’t worry, I’ll be at work toady so you can live off the government, you seem to have an issue with.

       
    • Regardless of what crime or crimes the accused may have committed the officer still has legal standards to adhere to that he clearly ignores with total impunity. Both he and the K9 Czar should be immediately relieved of duty as clearly neither of them can be controlled.

       
    • The police manufactured over 50 false charges against this guy… The judge through most everything out the window… Putting your life on the line is way different than trying to put someone else behind bars for something they didn’t do…

       
    • Nick Padak EPIC BURN POINTING OUT YOU WORK FOR HER DISABILITY DUDE I OWE YOU A BEER ILL BE THE SCRUFFY GUY YELLING BUUUUUUUUUUURN FOR THE NEXT WEEK.
      I got a good 3 rounds of belly laughter out of that, but my guy, cop defenders will go to any length like that, watch some of the videos of unarmed people getting executed while complying and the comments are still “yeah weeeeellllll cops are people toooooo”

       
    • Rainy Conforto you do realize just how asinine this statement of yours is ?
      “officer he puts his life on the line everyday” my ass they do, more often than not police escalate a situation so they can use force or use their weapon, PURPOSELY thus putting themselves in harms way .
      they train with their new toys (weapons) an are told ” only use them if you fear for your life ”
      well they create reasons to use them, so please don’t feed me than line of bullshit police risk their lives for me an you , Police have NO OBLIGATION, ZERO , NONE , to protect citizens , decided by the U.S Supreme Court many years ago, notice there’s no ” Protect an Serve ” logo on patrol cars anymore, its a conflict of interest , Protecting their jobs by Serving abuse , killings, harassment , an outright lie’s wasn’t cutting it anymore , Wake up to reality, its 2017 ………

       
    • I’m not cop defender or backer by any means.. it’s just common sense. Some of the people that get shot deserve it, but this is a no brainer. Consistent abuses of power, almost yearly.

       
    • Rainy Conforto I was trying to defend a girl from being beat by what I thought was an angry customer, was threatened by the man and then physically assaulted by his wife…….and then had this officer attempt to destroy my life……yeah- he is a stand up guy- not…

       
    • Obviously some republican leanings here huh? All of you out there who are “support the police” types, forget or do not know the 10% rule which is written by Fortune 500 leaders throughout history as 10% of all employees are withering idiots. I myself support 90% of the police and realize(because I am not a “withering idiot” that any job has 10% dumbasses working there. Whether a factory worker,postman,food service,lawyer,doctor,retail,nurse,insurance salesman,construction, any union trade, or anything job under the beautiful sun there will always be a dumbass you work with. Mr Riems is “that dumbass” there is nothing I can post say or do to change the minds of “support the police type of people” and for that is the reason it is a mind$&@k for everyone out there who believes going to work everyday and dealing with the dumbasses that YOU do,does not apply to the police. It’s sad, it’s “FAUX NEWS”(hannity-oreilly and such) and it made us stupid-Thanks

       
    • Ann Burkhead you have no brain cells you don’t know anything about this man out of that uniform he’s cocky as hell and stand like around as if we all should be afraid of him in uniform he abused his duties as law enforcement and buts that K-9 job in jeopardy as well he is a Dick trust and believe

       
  7. Years ago I saw this officer use excessive force against a teen.
    I said something like “that is too much” and was told by this officer to be quiet and mind my own.
    I hope something is done. He has gotten away with it for far too long.

     
    • The guy might be a scumbag. Who cares? That innocent until proven guilty scumbag just got a guaranteed settlement and a get out of jail feee card because the officer wanted to take out some frustration on him. He pulled over right away. Didn’t fight or run.

       
    • Did you read the article? How about the snow plow driver? Is he a scumbag for just trying to do his job? Or a witness to a possible crime in a fast food parking lot? She went to jail for seven days for absolutely no crime committed. Is she a scumbag? The guy that happened to be at a bar where there was a fight? I guess he had it coming too?

      These are only the documented cases of abuse. Mayor Hamilton, I keep hearing what you a good guy you are, especially from the DQE, crowd. Fair, honest, decent, but with no tolerance for fuck-ups. Please start handling your volunteer job like you do your paid one. You have the biggest fuck-up in Beaver county wearing your town’s name on the patch and car. He’s a disgrace to the badge. If Madgar won’t do his job, fire him. The buck stops with you.

       
  8. Anytime a citizen sees this cop in action, they should immediately pop out their cell phone and start recording.

     
    • Absolutely!! I think he’s really just looking for the justice him and the others deserve & for everything this officer has done to people finally come to light!!

       
  9. This doesn’t look great for the DA’s office either. If they find in Cicco’s favor, doesn’t that prove that the DA’s office was complicit, at least where malicious prosecution is concerned? I’m curious why they were not included in the complaint.

     
  10. It’s Amateur Hour once again in Beaver County. It sounds like they need to clean house in that Police Department and start anew. There are plenty of good Police Officers who are looking for full time work. Look at some of the retread hires they made there. It’s like Aliquippa North. Also, how in the hell does this guy not get his ass handed to him in when he is off duty? I’m not condoning violence however if he is allegedly assaulting multiple people, sooner or later someone is going to punch his timecard.

     
  11. I almost always side with the police in matters that have two sides.

    However, having view the video of the events involving Mr. Cicco (independent of who he might be) and seeing an itemization of this officer’s history, this is something that should certainly be fully evaluated.

    The case described above is thorough and lays out a position based on documented actions.

    Let’s see what the final result is. And I hope it doesn’t get settled out of court. That would bury any real legal conclusions.

     
  12. Very Interesting reading. If all is true, heads should roll. The cop should be banned from ever serving as a police man for life, never be allowed to own or possess a hand gun, or an animal, and this should all take place after he spends a long period of time behind
    bars. Those officials that looked blindly and let tis continue? Remove them from their positions, never let them hold a job as a borough employee of any type, any where, and let all in public know all their names. Also, these criminals should be required to pay all fines and judgements held against them, and not the taxpayers of beaver who have done nothing but trust the wrong people to protect them.
    Freakin disgraceful and pathetic, the entire time line.

     
    • Which cop from Aliquippa, Rainy? The one shot and rumors of inside job swirl to this day? Stick to what you know.

       
    • Ya, Rainy you kind of are. Please try reading the entire article. A guy doing his job on a snowplow for Brighton Township, a witness to a possible crime, and a guy that happened to be in a bar where a fight broke out. Those are all people that had done nothing wrong. This cop has a problem, and because of it, the entire town has a problem.

       
    • Rainy, I used to believe that but not any more.

      Did you view the video of the encounter between Mr Cicco and Officer Wijnen-Reims?

      If so, please explain your position again. You say yourself that you are “not stupid” so it should be easy.

       
  13. Years ago the Beaver Falls police were hassling the locals. A group of the locals got together and staged a fight. When the BF police arrived on the scene they soon realised that they had been invited to the fight on purpose and proceeded to get their attitudes adjusted. I’m in no way condoning the activity. Just sayin.

     
  14. Keep in mind, Beaver voters, Lauson Cashdollar, was solicitor for all if not most of these incidents. So his little platform that he’s running on in the political scene is hypocritical

     
    • Josh,

      You are misinformed. I have never been solicitor for Beaver Borough. I was a councilman for 6 years. Only one incident occurred while I was a member. That incident occurred in Vanport. At that time I trusted Chief Madgar and the information we were given by him was very different from what you see in the complaint filed by Mr. Cicco’s lawyers. I learned in time that Madgar should not be trusted and that he has worked to cover up the incidents involving Officer Wijnen-Reims. My effort to become mayor has one purpose and only one — to put an end to covering up this kind of misdeed and to end such conduct. I will make certain that all complaints about the Department are aired and investigated thoroughly and disciplinary action is taken when appropriate or the officer is defended when his/her actions are appropriate. Beaver and its department and the other officers in the Department are taking a beating because of the Cicco case. Real justice should be done in this case to begin the effort to regain the broader public’s trust. I will end the use of any Beaver K-9 to attack defendants and will prohibit any use of the k-9 dog other than what is called “nose work” — which is for the detection of drugs and I will make certain that any dog owned by the Borough is properly trained and that the training levels are maintained. And I will not tolerate any police conduct like what occurred in the Cicco matter. The people of Beaver have two choices. Make a change in the supervision of the Department or allow things to go on as they have been under the current mayor and chief. If the current supervision or rather lack thereof is continued, eventually there will be some sort of explosion and a reckoning that will be much worse than what is needed now. The good officers in the Beaver Department and elsewhere should not have to carry the public relations albatross placed around their necks by Officer Wijnen-Riems and Chief Madgar.

      Lauson Cashdollar

       
  15. I’m not an attorney, so I’d love a legal opinion on this.
    it seems to be that majority of the complaints, especially B,C, D, E, F, and G will ensure this cop’s past misconduct will central point in this lawsuit, ensuring admissibility. It will shift even more responsibilty on the town of Beaver for it’s negligence of having this cop on the force.
    JWR looked like a dumb-ass during the criminal trial, once Bowers and team get him on the stand, game over.
    Cicco- Please, please, please, please, please, don’t settle this out of court.

     
  16. This one is on Mayor Tom Hamilton. The man with the authority to fire these people. Fully, completely, no doubts about it. It is now your fault. You can be a nice guy, or you can do the job. Clearly, you have made your choice. That got you reelected, but is it really worth it to the public? Nice guys finish last, and you are dragging the town down with you.

    Tell us all, Tom…what do these guys have on you that makes it worth selling your soul?

     
      • Let’s see… I have been accused of being Judge Deborah Kunselman, John Paul, a lawyer, and others, and now LC. Nope, sorry, and I don’t even live there. But before you get on LC’s case, consider that he has been the ONLY person with the guts to stand up to these people, even to the point of being a write-in candidate for Mayor. Were he on town council now, or Mayor, this matter would be actively front and center to be dealt with. Focus on the other 8 or 9 members now and ask why none of them has a set of balls among them. Wanna know why? Because they are pussies, intimidated by a Chief/Manager who enjoys a dictatorship/oligarchy with a couple of other misfits. They deserve to be sued, big time.

         
      • Dear NOBS,

        I am not Raven and I have never posted to the BeaverCountian except under my name. I have two questions for you. Do you support the actions of Officer Reims in the Cicco matter? Do you support the failure of the Mayor, Chief Madgar, and Council to take disciplinary action against Officer Reims?

        Lauson Cashdollar

         
  17. First and foremost BeavCo bootlickers, Cops do not put their lives on the line everyday any more than the general populace. Policing isn’t even in the top 10 deadly/dangerous professions. Road workers, sanitation workers, and mailmen have more dangerous job. O and they can’t shoot you on a whim like the blueback oppressors.

    Secondly, this cop has a long history of violence towards civilians and schoolchildren at the local high school. So defending him just makes you complicit.

    Third and last. The police do not protect and serve you the population. They serve the ruling class. Now I know those lines get blurred in Beaver because a handful of people here live in really nice houses. But unless you make more than 4mil a year you’re not them. The police in Amerika do not protect the population, they exploit and tax them. We are forced to pay for them to exist and then they turn around and fine us for “infractions” that (a vast majority of the time) are made up.

     
    • Do you actually believe all of that socialist/communist anticapitalist propaganda bullshit? I hate to break this to you, but if someone has more than you do, they didn’t get it by taking it from you, nor do you have a right to it.
      Don’t like your position in life, change it. Don’t be a pussy and hope that some politician with a populist message will come along and solve you’re problems, they won’t, they’ll just create more.

      Cheers.

       
  18. I have a question…my son and I witnessed a classmate of his being handled by a police officer in a manner that seemed inappropriate. My question – is it within our rights to pull over to the scene and witness the actions of the officer? What rights, if any, do we as citizens have to enable us to protect one another in instances like this?

     
    • You you are well within your rights to pull over and witness this. In fact, over the last couple of days, I caught part of a news story that says it is perfectly legal and legitimate to video a police officer while is he on duty.

      Yes I think we all have a responsibility to witness and document, as you say, to protect one another.

      Get the evidence, make it available and let the court system do it’s job.

       
    • Faith , you and every Citizen has every right to record Police and Any Government Official in their Official capacity , while in performance of their duty’s , they work for us, we don’t work for them , it’s our First Amendment Right .
      I don’t believe there has been precedence in court about recording police in the 3rd Circuit other than a First Amendment Right until now,
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjjzI_jlYcU&t=1678s
      this person The Battousai sued the police for violating his right to record an won ,it is now precedence in Texas an the Circuit Courts pertaining to those States , many people film the Police an Government Officials an their work place to hold them accountable , they call themselves “Auditors ” many video’s recording police can be seen on YouTube , their very interesting to watch. Also look up P.I.N.A.C Photography Is Not A Crime . on YouTube
      Just keep a safe distance, DON’T interfere , the police cannot legally take your camera, an claim its evidence, cannot stop you from filming, or make you move along, if you are on Public Property , you have EVERY Right to be there .

       
  19. First I want to say I support law abiding, and good cops. The good ones end up getting the stigma from the bad ones. Police officers are hard working and the good ones who do not abuse their power and do their jobs are the ones I support 100% the ones who get away with excessive force repeatedly should be fired and should be charged and should go to jail. I also feel his boss is also responsible for not firing him and being charged. Their should be accountability for ones actions or inaction. I also believe the tax payers shouldn’t be the ones completely paying for any won lawsuits, I believe any officer found guilty should be paying the lawsuit.

     
    • I agree. I support THE FACT THAT A POLICE SYSTEM IS NECESSARY. On the other hand. One bad apple spoils the bunch. Therefore I have zero trust in police as a whole. The good ones will remain silent when they know it’s wrong so they’re bad too.

       
  20. I cannot believe all these people are out for blood money, I hope I am picked on this jury, no money for these people, Capo and his son are jokes, Stiles having sex in the back seat of a police cruiser? wonder if she had cuffs on, the others make me sick, I would never want to be a cop in Beaver County let alone any other county, they are underpaid and have to take crap off of people all the time, I bet Jeff, Bo, and the Chief never thought of suing people for spitting on them, or scratching them,not knowing what kind of diseases they had.

     
    • Oldboy60 you really are a special kind of stupid. Do you not get that Stiles was NOT having sex in the back of a police cruiser? What do you think, she got in Jeff’s car while he left it unlocked to get a kids meal? Who was she having sex with, the cop? Do you not see why these attorney’s included it in their complaint alleging a long history of misconduct and abuse?
      In the dumb comments contest, you’re in first place, with Johnny Matthew Cutlip, a close second. Sadly I’m expecting someone to come along and unseat you both. That’s how little faith I have in society.
      Until then you can bask in your first place participation trophy as the stupidest person on the internet.
      Best regards
      Aldo

       
    • Having a difficult job that pays poorly does not exempt one from proper behavior.

      They are 2 different things.

       
  21. Ok, he’s an asshole. But seriously, do some of you really have to stereotype every police officer? And then make comments regards how they’re not needed, don’t serve and protect, just there for taxation. You people are absurd and ignorant. Let’s all just stereotype everyone by race, religion, sexual preferences and occupations. My 5th grade teacher sucked, fuck all teachers. My bus driver turned out to be a pervert, so I guess all bus drivers are. Those of you who don’t like the police and insist on stereotypes, don’t call them. Just remember if you lock your car and house, you don’t live in paradise. And god forbid your child goes missing, you find them. Ask some people people from copblock to assist. Same goes for any crime you or your family is a victim of. Hell, solve some homicides and do something with the heroin epidemic!

     
    • Josh
      Speaking for myself, i have made several negative comments about police, and i stand by them, Police ( an i paint it with a wide brush ) have earned the hate, most have an Arrogance an Superiority Complex’s because they wear a tin badge an carry a weapon, , I carry a weapon and i’m a very peaceful reserved person.
      I admit not all police are bad Police, nor have i ever said ALL were , some actually Honor their Oath ,( i know a few Police Officers i call friends ) but why don’t the one’s that are good Police stop, turn -in, report, the corruption an misdeeds of the bad cop’s ?
      Society needs police, i admit that, there would be Anarchy without them , but HONORABLE POLICE , they have a vast responsibility to the public , when high ranking police officials an mayors turn a blind eye to the corruption , they themselves are riding in the same boat, respect is earned.
      Just the other day i was in Chester West Virginia , was on my cell phone, stopped by Deputy ( hands free communication devices only in W.V ) as he pulled in behind me, i thought what did i do wrong, as i looked at my cell phone in my hand, , it dawned on me, i put my hands out the window as he approached an said
      ” I know ” he asked if i had a good excuse , i said , i don’t have a good one so i wont come up with a bad one, we both laughed, i then volunteered to him i had a weapon in the vehicle, ( respect ) in fact two,
      one on my right hip, one in a holster mounted between the bucket seats, even though i have no obligation to inform him/her , he thanked me for informing him an applauded me for representing my right to carry, ( respect ) he then asked me not to be on the cell phone while in borough limits , an said have a nice day,.

      How do you think Beaver Police would have handled this interaction ? , if you believe they have a right to disarm me, read this http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-4th-circuit/1726754.html.

      as far as your religion comment, i’m not a religious person, so i have no comment, except to say, I do believe in the Devil, i was married to his sister for 14 years ……

       
  22. Wow, I can’t believe all the shit this cop has gotten away with. This is just crazy. He has major anger issues along with a huge power trip. Shit like this is why people are becoming fearful of the police.

     
  23. When I was younger I was skateboarding at some bank parking lot and this assclown rolled up threatened me then told me I’m supposed to run from cops when I see ’em. This is the kind of person that deserves to rot in jail not the innocent people he relentlessly antagonizes.

     
  24. Brian I agree with you to a point. Watch this whole video this cop set the dog on the guy after he was on the ground handcuffed. I’m all about putting scumbags away but there’s also protocol officers have to use training Shepherds like I do totally uncalled for.

     
  25. Looks like another huge payout from the insurance company. The people of Mayberry, of course, continue with the fiction that there little town is better than any other in Beaver County.

     
    • @WiseOwl

      the fiction that there little town is better than any other in Beaver County.

      I’ll keep an open mind, what town would you put above Beaver?

       
  26. What the hell does Beaver PD even need a k9 for . Danny madgar needs to be fired for not taking action against the cop in question. Madgar was a asshole in high school and from I was informed by other classmates he still is .. question is who’s ass did kiss to get the chief position….

     
  27. can anyone comment, OTHER THAN PERFUNCTORY RHETORIC, intelligently as to why they force/politicians is protecting this cop? i mean, i get that blue backs blue and all but IA is hated for a reason. aside from behavior and bad PR, why keep paying money out to preserve this @$$hat’s job. i just can’t wrap my head around it.

     
    • That is what this suit will hopefully bring to light. In my mind, there are only 2 possibilities:

      1) It is an active, conscious decision to cover and allow this behavior. Reasons unclear.
      2) It is simply lazy inaction. If this is the case, then the only way to get action is what we see here.

      My money is on #2.

       
  28. It does seem to be convenient that when an unlawful act occurs that IF you Don’t personally know someone in the Police force – you DON’T GET THE HELP YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO HAVE.

     
  29. I hope he gets enough money to short hand the police. Then maybe they’ll think twice about hiring these type of scum and not punishing the ones who later reveal themselves. Not to mention that their superiors protects these scum who a disgrace to the uniform. One bad apple spoils the bunch too. In case you wanted to say they’re not all bad. Public trust is dissolved. This is why

     
  30. The police chief and mayor probably are both aware that this officer isn’t mentally stable and haven’t done anything about him because they fear for their own safety knowing that their lives would be in danger if they terminated him. I’m not making an excuse, it’s inexcusable….their mindset if probably one of “better someone else than me.”

    Most times cases like this get settled “for an undisclosed amount with no admission of wrong doing.” I REALLY hope that Mr. Cicco has told his attorney that he’s not going to entertain a settlement unless it DOES include an admission of wrongdoing…otherwise he’s taking it to trial where the jury can find wrongdoing. Sometimes it’s more about principle and less about money and in this case unless someone finally stands up for the principle of getting rid of this cop the cycle of quick payout settlements is going to continue.

    For the attorneys representing Mr. Cicco I say the following: your out of pocket cost on this is going to be next to nothing…this isn’t medical malpractice or wrongful death. The amount of actual “work” that you’re going to be doing filing motions requires little to no problem solving skills. So get your heads out of your ass and quit thinking about your bank accounts on a contingency case and don’t encourage a settlement just so you get your 40% sooner without having to actually work for it. You are supposed to be representing this gentleman on the basis of ensuring that justice is done and in this case putting cash in his (and your) pockets is only one part of justice; it’s your responsibility to see that the other part is accomplished.

     
  31. After following the many articles about this cop’s behavior, and now this culminating vicious attack, it seems apparent to me that this legal suit is a slam dunk. W-R will lose, as will all associated with him. But it has to be personal.

    Fortunately, he will lose, because in my opinion this cop’s behavior could eventually lead to someone getting killed. The dog bite in Cicco, 4 inches higher, could have severed a major artery, at the neck, and he could have bled out easily and died in that time frame. The cop and dog got lucky.

    Beaver, in its weak town Council, its dominating Chief/Manager, its effete Mayor and a few enabling wayward cops on the force, has a very serious problem that this matter reveals.

    On the surface, all is calm, but the serious matters take a back seat to a mind set that sees more evil in alcoholic sales, fought by geriatric church biddies, and not in the abuse of the town governance and out-of-control police force.

    Mayberry is sick, my friends, you just can’t see it. The best medicine Mr. Cicco could help deliver would be a an intense court case — NOT settled out of court, as the perps want, but punishment that goes after the people, not the money. That would be a civil act that could help the town save itself.

    20 years. 20 years of a cop exploiting the system and being enabled by two Mayors, two Chiefs of Police, repeatedly weak Council Members, fellow officers and a do-nothing public.

    Here is your chance, Mr. Cicco, to rid the town of a decades-old cancer. Stick it to them. Right in the bum.

     
    • It would seem reasonable to expect the people involved to be on their best behavior prior to the trial. Dress blues, Madgar attending Aunt Bee’s cake sales, Hamilton kissing babies on Third Street, Beaver cops helping churchgoers across the street, Wijnen-Riems walking the beat with his furry dog past College Square Elementary and among the Starbuck’s sidewalk crowd to show he and his Czar are safe, lovable dudes among the public. Lie low, avoid publicity, go to church, don’t make waves. Yeh, you know, the way it’s spozed to be. This could also free up the Beaver Council Members to look for another gullible liability insurer who will look past this latest legal hit and focus on sled riding again.

       
    • I agree Raven. These defendants, JW-R, Madgar, etc has to lose personal property, personal money. Something from their own pocket. Money they use to feed their family and pay the light bill. I too believe the case is a slam dunk, but it will only stop if it becomes personal. I hope James Cicco does not take a settlement. I would hope that it goes before a federal jury. I think he will get way more money and it will make substantial impact towards Beaver Boro officials. Sort of a smack on the head saying ” Wake Up Dummies, Look What Is Going On Around You”.

       
    • Yeah, they are worried about sled riding in the park. What a bunch of fucking idiots. Besides, those parks belong to the taxpayers for the enjoyment of the taxpayers. I can’t believe the people of Beaver would let that stand. This will not stand man! You fucking bunch of Hitler minded bastards.

       
  32. It’s funny that Beaver Boro who probably has the lowest crime rate, if any, than any other town in Beaver County, will end up as uninsurable as far as liability insurance goes.

     
  33. IMHO-If this goes to trail, JW-R will probably be found not guilty. There is no way you will get a jury pool of local people who does not know anything about this case. Will have to bring in a outside jury who knows nothing of this “Police Officer” and the “Low level drug dude”. Nine times out of ten the jury will side with the “Police Officer” on a case like this. And you can bet your ass that all of his previous “Transgressions” will not be allowed in testimony or as evidence against him. This trail will be on this one “transgression” and this one only. This will be settled out of court. You can take that to the bank. JW-R will be on patrol for a long time after the smoke clears on this one.

     
    • This is a civil trial not a criminal trial. There is no finding of guilt, there is either a finding for the plaintiff (Cicco) or the defendedent (beaver et al).

      This was filed in federal court, not commonwealth court so the trial will take place in downtown pittsburgh…. the jury will be pulled from most likely residents in allegheny county. I doubt that there’s going to be a problem with someone from Shadyside, Swissvale or Shaler being tainted by pretrial publicity.

       
    • IMHO I have to agree with you on this, its a coin flip , 225 Pennsylvania Code Rule 404. Character Evidence; Crimes or Other Acts

      A (4) Exception in a Civil Action for Assault and Battery. In a civil action for assault and battery, evidence of the plaintiff’s character trait for violence may be admitted when offered by the defendant to rebut evidence that the defendant was the first aggressor.

      (b) Crimes, Wrongs or Other Acts.

      (1) Prohibited Uses. Evidence of a crime, wrong, or other act is not admissible to prove a person’s character in order to show that on a particular occasion the person acted in accordance with the character.

       
      • It’s not a coin flip, it’s a slam dunk for the plaintiff. Let’s set aside everything that the cop did prior to the night in question. His actions on that night alone are sufficient and supported by the video (which may include audio by then). The defendent’s prior actions aren’t going to be used to infer that his character caused his propensity for violence that night, it will be used to show that the Borough was negligent in not terminating him prior to the night of aggravated assault on Mr. Cicco.

         
      • Federalorstatecourt:

        That is exactly the point I made in a previous post. Although I’m not an attorney the majority of the complaint seems to hinge on the fact that Beaver is at fault and negligent for knowingly and willfully keeping this problem in a uniform. I sure do hope that audio shows up, it may very well prove perjury in the previous criminal trial. On the stand, Riems denied any memory of encountering Cicco in the past even though he slammed him to floor inside a restaurant.

         
      • @Aldo – unfortunately, even if the audio does surface it would require our DA to file the perjury charges. No doubt that he will immediately “begin an investigation” but you already know where that will end up going…….

        You’re right on the money though about the majority of the fault being placed on Beaver. They have money and the insurance to pay out a claim or settlement whereas a judgement against the cop alone would probably not yield any money in Cicco’s pocket simply because you can’t squeeze blood from a stone.

         
  34. I hope Cicco sues the Chief of Police, the mayor, any other thug officers personally involved and rakes in millions. The people of Beaver are going to learn a hard lesson by turning a blind eye to the corruption in their borough. it’s a damn shame that the taxpayers will bear the burden of this ineptitude. Never the useless conniving participants. Something is very rotten in that department that needs a whiff of federal investigation. Why are the other members of the Beaver Police remaining silent? They know and yet they take a vow of omerta to protect the thug comrade in blue. If you read many of the writers above there is a quickly growing disrespect for local law enforcement. This is being brought on by the good officers failing to speak up. It’s your choice law enforcement, adhere to your oath or be painted with the same shitty brush you all deserve. I really think the problem is now it is just too damn hard to cover up criminal activity, ineptitude, malicious prosecutions, etc. Everyone has a cell with camera and now we are defending ourselves against an oppressive tyrannical police state. It is lead by corrupt people, nepotistic policies and a failure to vet thugs that bounce form one department to another until they can find a good comrade to cover their short comings. Thank God for the 2nd amendment or we’d all be cowering in our basements. Waiting for the midnight knock on the door. Show us your papers, please.

     
  35. Common sense: I am not against the police. Without GOOD police anarchy reigns. The problem we are witnessing is the downfall of law enforcement by not diligently policing their ranks. They have only themselves to blame. I personally will not yield my personal protections, liberties or constitutional rights to people that do not respect those rights and fail to adhere to their oath of office. The brown shirts and gestapo probably started out with a few bad apples too. They then took the law into their own hands and screw justice. Think about that. America was not built by weaklings cowering behind a police state. It was formed by tough guys who valued their liberties above all else.

     
  36. When Lauson Cashdollar is elected Mayor, of Beaver, the corruption and mismanagement of personnel that seems to ignore the law, will not occur again.

     

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