The following post was sent in, via the CopBlock.org submission page, by a reader named Ryan. It details a an incident in which he and his family were harassed by two (and possibly a third the next day) officers from the Madison Township (Ohio) Police Department, apparently for driving (or being suspected of driving) down a public street.
Ryan asked that we not use his full name to preserve his anonymity and also stated, “Please don’t publish my email as I don’t want my information getting into the hands of the officers of this department to cause additional harassment.” (We actually never publish the emails of people submitting posts.)
Date of incident: December 3, 2015
Officer Involved: Badge #59, Officer Spencer
Department Involved: Madison Township Police
Contact Number: 440-428-2115
As a way of relaxing at the end of the day, I like to drive around my township to clear my mind. I follow all traffic laws and stay away from certain areas for personal reasons.
On 12/3/15, my family and I had two court appearances (all non-criminal). We finished our appearances and decided to go back to our township and get lunch. I had a friend text me to say they were on one of the side streets walking. Even though I had my family in the car, I decided I would go pick them up and drive them home.
After turning onto Madison Ave., I headed east and turned north onto Ansonia Road. I had noticed an officer turning down the road after I had gotten past a few streets onto Madison Ave. When I turned down the road that my friend had said they were on, the officer, Badge number 59 (I don’t know his name), flew up behind me and turned on his light bar.
I stopped, rolled my window down and had my license and concealed carry permit hanging out the window. I was not carrying that day, but I did notify to try to put the officer’s mind at ease.
He proceeded to ask me if I had turned out of a driveway that was on the corner of the road. As he was asking me this, another officer (Officer Spencer, no badge number given) pulled up in front of me. At this point, both officers’ vehicles had me boxed in.
I informed the officer that I was unaware of what he was talking about and asked for clarification. He said that it looked like I had pulled out of a driveway at the corner of Ansonia and Madison. I told him no, and that I was looking for a friend. I also informed him that my family and I were going to the park to eat our lunch.
The officer proceeded to tell me to get the hell out of there that they had work to do. I was approached two days later by another officer of that department and asked what I was doing in that area. When I told him why I was there, he told me that I was lying in so many words. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had problems with the officers of this department. I think now is the best time to begin holding them accountable for the lack of professionalism.