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Thursday, August 27, 2009

State Police Respond To Allegations

Local state police commander says local officials are incorrect in saying troopers stopping people without justification

The commander of the local troop of Pennsylvania State Police says local officials are incorrect to say that state troopers are stopping people without justification while “fishing” for people driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Wednesday, The Era received a lengthy letter from Capt. Kimberly Leemhuis, commander of Troop C, based in Punxsutawney. The letter was in response to a recent story involving Bradford City Mayor Tom Riel and Bradford Township Supervisor Chairman Don Cummins.

Leemhuis also assured The Era that anyone with a complaint on trooper conduct could contact her or the Kane barracks commander, and the incident would be reviewed.

“The safety of the citizens of this commonwealth on Pennsylvania highways is a primary responsibility of all law enforcement,” said Leemhuis. More...

25 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yep, respond with a complaint and mark yourself.

Anonymous said...

As it was stated last in last weeks article. The mayor did not accomplish anything except he got his name in the paper. It appears to me that the new Troopers have no compassion and are all gunho. Sit out front of the bar it doesn't take much to make probable cause as the article states. No Mr. Mayor but your calls did go unheard.

Remember your going against a Pa State Trooper. Thier resources will out weigh yours. I do have to give ya credit, you tried.

Smokin Joe said...

11:34, well stated. I see the Captain is well versed in "corporate" politics. Just a suttle reminder that the State Police are there for "our" protection. Of course any protection provided comes at the cost of your civil liberties. Basically, what I understand from her is that the byproduct of violating your civil liberties is your "safety" and that we need to be okay with it. Good try Mr. Riel but nothing changes, State is still broke, and we're going to pay for it one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe you people...obey the law and you have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said...

We have the same problem in Potter County. The troopers sit behind bars and wait for someone to pull out. They also enjoy pulling over 91 year old men and charging them with a DUI. Really big of them' more time should be spent investigating crimes Send them to a city and let them find out what a trooper is supposed to be doing.

Anonymous said...

As i said in the original comment i made on the post about the mayor. The state police are top of the food chain. They get 1st dibs on everything even if it costs civilians their lifestyle. They dont care who they hurt as long as they fill their pockets with money from the state. Why aint the givernment giving the schools money yet, instead of feeding it to useless police.

Anonymous said...

To the 1:21 P.M. poster....

DERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!
That is why people are upset and are siding with the mayor. If you read the initial article, you will read about a woman getting tailed because the cop had seen her car leave the bar because she picked up some people who used better judgment and called for a ride. THAT IS OBEYING THE LAW!!!! And she did nothing to warrant police following her. That is the main point of the Mayor. Innocent people are being wrongfully harassed because its early in the morning on a Saturday, or because a car left the bar. So what, and the cop that followed the girl most likely allowed 10 drunks to drive home because he had to pick the first car that appealed to him, one with a bunch of people in it. Sorry, but many people obey the law and still get messed with.

J. Cochran

Anonymous said...

New troopers must get training somewhere.

Anonymous said...

YAWN, you folks are a broken record. Damned if they do, damned if they don't; no wonder staties command a near 6 figure salary, no one in their right mind would want a job where the people they serve do absolutely nothing but bitch and moan.

Now the suggestion that "old folks" should get a break for DUI for being old-- you might be the dumbest poster in the history of blogging. Maybe that "old guy" in Roulette should get a break for raping that 13 year old girl seein' as he's "old" and all.

While I'm at it, since when is it inappropriate for a cop to follow a car? Did you even think, just for a second, that perhaps they were merely heading in the same direction? But wait, screw that, what IF he was following her to see if she was driving safely; isnt that what we pay them for?

Does anyone other than me think that its reckless to spew all this venom based on unsubstantiated claims by "anonymous" drivers?

Here's an idea, no more arresting kids for underage drinking because they're young, no more arresting people with jobs cause they pay taxes and no more arresting people without jobs because they can't afford to pay fines.

Here's an even better idea, lets never call PSP again and maybe they'll just go away, then we can have the hell on earth that you jagaloons seem to be wishing upon us.

For real, what passes for news in our little piece of the world. Our elected officials should be looking to bring us jobs not bitching about people who are out DOING their jobs.

Its kind of hard to argue with a 98% conviction rate, but go ahead, you will anyway.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the job that our local and state cops do, even when it comes at my expense (my wife and kids just don't seem to understand simple traffic laws). I'm glad they can do a job I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole!

Ironic that you all seem to want to judge the state cops guilty based on limited facts and at the same time blast them for doing the same thing.

One day when you may actually NEED a cop, don't be surprised if he doesn't give a rats hind end about YOU or your PROBLEM.

Anonymous said...

I am also a person who has been followed by the PSP. I do not drink and I was DD for a bunch of people. I left the bar and was followed so closely by the cops that it would be considered tailgating. I was called to drive some people home. I was doing the right thing. This has happened to me at least 5 times. Sometimes they would speed up and almost hit my car, other times they would swerve back and forth behind me to try to get me to cross the yellow line. It is un-nerving for them to do it in the middle of the night.

Anonymous said...

If a 91 year old man is driving drunk he god damn well should get arrested just like a 35 year old! I can't believe the level of bitching I hear about people getting what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Yep, That is why the mis-fit trooper are sent here.

Anonymous said...

Only in Potter County do folks rip the cops for trying to keep the drunks off the roads.

At 2:00 am in the morning the biggest threat to an individual would be getting killed by a drunk driver. Therefore, it seems logical they would hang out behind bars and follow suspected drunk drivers.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if they weren't spending so much time "targeting" the bars, they would nab some of the theives that are breaking into all of these camps lately.

Anonymous said...

as if 2:00 am is something other than morning????????

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between getting the drunk drivers and just harassing people because "we" do not have anything better to do. It is like all the Troops in the PEnnsylvania State Police - it is all about the numbers. They need to make their numbers!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

what i like the most is that troopers get us for not obeying the law but they dont obey either. i have seen so many officers not use signals and signs properly but no one is pulling them over. some of them think they can get away with it just because they are cops.. i had one state trooper tell me " well were not exactly the good cops here" What the hell was that.. where was the secure feeling in that statement? they are too busy to meet thier quota on drivers to even worry about anyone else.. yeah they do spend too much time hanging around the bars.. i was dd too when i got pulled over and they gave me attitude when i was being nice and understandable. EGO plays a big part... TO SERVE AND PROTECT not harass... dont get me wrong there are some good ones out there but i know a few that could use a lesson themselves...

Anonymous said...

A Cop is A Cop don't trust them. Sad how it has gotten but true. Used tto be you could trust a cop but no more. Seems like they are only out to bust you for anything they can. Why is it they have to act like an ASS when they pull you over? Explain that Ms Trooper chief! Seems to me your PSP needs to take a course in manners.

Anonymous said...

9:50 - nice post. you added a lot of value.

9:40 - if they could only do one thing at a time i would prefer they get drunks off of the road who kill people as opposed to the teenage kids breaking in to the camps.

look most doctors are smug and arrogant but as long as they are keeping me healthy and saving lives then i'll afford them their attitude.

every time a cop pulls someone over their life could end.....so if they want to be cocky or prickly then i think it's the least we owe them.

to have to defend cops is preposterous. it's a shame that in this neck of the woods small towns equates to small minds.

Anonymous said...

There was a time when I respected the PSP. Then I ran afoul of their "quest for justice". The trooper, who is definitely not a rookie, lied to the district justice in order to have bail set extremely high. Then, during the preliminary hearing, he attempted to use his "opinion" to make his case, as he had no real evidence. Thankfully, the DJ saw through that and threw everything out. No, I no longer have respect for the PSP.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people in Potter County have said the same thing as Poster 11:46 I dont know about other counties so I will not comment on them.

as for all our judges,attorneys,DA, PSP, you are expected to show respect, well if you dont treat me with respect, you will not get respect in return. plain and simple.

I dont trust them either, but i dont trust our whole justice system anymore.

Anonymous said...

11:46,Your story is an example of how 1 bad apple ruins the rest of the bunch. We have one or two Officers that abuse their authority, all that does is make those that have earned the public's respect lose it.

Anonymous said...

remember one thing - it's the police officer's job to protect your ass not kiss it. go to this websight http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ then click the Magisterial District Courts option, search type - participant name - then pick docket type and check both non-traffic and traffic citation
and look up the mayor of bradford by name. its public record on a public web sight. how many times was he cited in bradford? all dismissed. the one time he was cited by the state police he was convicted. sounds like he has it out for the state.

Anonymous said...

I think Anette Easton along with her parents;have always treated people as fair as possible in a lot of these cases! Brad

Anonymous said...

I don't know about troopers in other counties, but the troopers here will lie out their butts to try and make their case. I have seen it happen personally. A friend of mine was followed one night the whole way from Roulette to Coudersport by a trooper and was finally pulled over when she reached Coudersport. When she asked why she was stopped, the trooper accused her of throwing a cigarette butt out the window. Guess what? SHE DOESN'T SMOKE AND HAD NO CIGARETTES ON HER. Once she showed that to the trooper, he had to let her go but she knew it had just been an excuse to pull her over.