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Sunday, March 30, 2008

[OH] Passive Chief Rivera says demoted Detective Earl could have court credibility problems?

THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE CHIEF REALLY - NOT COREY EARL. LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM START AT THE TOP.

...[Lorain Police Chief Cel] Rivera said [former police union president, demoted detective, jailbird, psychiatric inpatient, multiply-suspended, sometimes-suicidal, burglarizing, repeatedly threatening, timebomb Lorain Police Officer Corey] Earl's recent problems, both legally and with adhering to departmental policy, could create problems for him, especially when he has to take the stand in a criminal case and defense attorneys bring them up...


Previous entries:

COREY EARL TO THREE POLICE CAPTAINS:
"WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE? AM I GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A BASEBALL BAT TO HIM?"

Lorain police officer Corey Earl suspended again
Morning Journal Writer
JENNIFER BRACKEN
03/28/2008
Lorain police officer Corey Earl will receive an unpaid, three day suspension for acting inappropriately by entering a tavern while on duty, according to Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera. The discipline stems from a Jan. 30 incident when Earl went to Scorcher's Casual Eatery and Brewhouse on Broadway to wish his girlfriend a happy birthday. As he entered the bar, Earl found his girlfriend talking to Tom Pruitt, a Lorain County corrections officer who had dated Earl's ex-wife, before the Earls' divorce was final... Pruitt filed a complaint with the Lorain Police Department saying Earl made a threat directed at him, through a third party... Earl went to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office to file a complaint against Pruitt, saying Pruitt was going out of his way to provoke him... Earl spoke to three captains and became frustrated when he felt nothing was going to be done... Earl said, "What's it going to take? Am I going to have to take a baseball bat to him?" The statements were unprofessional, Rivera said... Earl was placed on administrative leave Feb. 26 for the threat. He was also served with a temporary protection order to stay away from Pruitt, which has been dropped. He returned to active duty March 12... Earl was disciplined in early January after he admitted to making inappropriate comments to his girlfriend's ex-husband during a traffic stop... He was also reprimanded for conducting private business while on duty, using indecent, profane or harsh language in the performance of official duties and engaging in personal conduct or act which, if brought to the public, could result in justified unfavorable criticism of that officer or department, according to the investigation. [Full article here]

Bar incident nets Lorain cop three-day suspension
The Chronicle-Telegram
Brad Dicken
3/28/2008
...Earl broke the rules when he entered Scorchers bar on Jan. 30... Department rules prohibit bar officers from entering bars without an official reason while on duty, Rivera said... Earl asked the captains, "What's it going to take? Am I going to have to take a baseball bat to him?"... That constituted conduct unbecoming of an officer, Rivera said, but wasn't a criminal threat because Pruitt - who asked for and later dropped a civil stalking protection order against Earl - wasn't present when the comment was made... Several other allegations against Earl, including that he had accessed Pruitt's personal information using confidential law enforcement computer systems, weren't proven, Rivera said... Another allegation by Pruitt - that Earl had made a threat against him to a Sheffield police officer - also didn't hold up because the Sheffield officer denied it happened, Rivera said. Earl was placed on leave earlier this year while Pruitt's stalking order was working its way through the legal system, but he returned to road patrol duties after it was dropped. Earl has had other legal problems. He was the subject of a protection order filed by his now ex-wife, Laura Earl, last year after he allegedly threatened to kill himself in their Amherst home. He later was charged with violating the protection order, a charge that was dropped by prosecutors who said they doubted Laura Earl's allegations... Rivera said Earl's recent problems, both legally and with adhering to departmental policy, could create problems for him, especially when he has to take the stand in a criminal case and defense attorneys bring them up... [Full article here]

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