To Officer Lewis's ex-wife - never doubt yourself. You know what you know.
- [NY] Fired, reinstated Officer Lewis arrested for assault on his wife - ...Lewis is accused of grabbing and pushing his wife after she apparently tried to prevent him from leaving the home with their 1-year-old son... He allegedly grabbed her around the neck during a later encounter in his vehicle... In 1998, Lewis was fired by then-Mayor Albert Jurczynski on the recommendationof a hearing officer who said Lewis had a history of disciplinary problems... A state arbitrator reversed the hearing officer's decision...
- [NY] Fired, reinstated, arrested Officer Lewis arrested a 2nd time in 2 months - A city police officer has been arrested for the second time in two months in connection with a domestic incident...
- [NY] Fired, reinstated, then twice arrested Officer Lews CLEARED of dv charges - A city police officer was acquitted Monday on a charge involving a physical altercation with his wife over custody of their young son... He will be reinstated with pay if the internal investigation is not completed within 30 days...
Schenectady policeman was acquitted earlier this year of harassing ex-wife
Albany Times Union
By Paul Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org
November 11, 2008
SCHENECTADY -- Four months after saying he would sue the city for allegedly conspiring with his former wife to get him fired, Officer John Lewis has been suspended without pay for allegedly stalking and threatening her and "whoever she was with." Lewis, 39, is charged with third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment for allegedly threatening [AL] in person and on the telephone, according to the city court document. The veteran lawman was arrested Monday by detectives from the department's Office of Professional Standards. He was arraigned in City Court and released without bail pending a pending a Nov. 24 appearance... [AL] is seeking an order of protection against her ex-husband. His arrest over the weekend is the latest controversy for Lewis. In 1998, an arbitrator reversed his firing from the police department for using a racially charged term at the station. Earlier this year, he was accused of pushing his wife but acquitted of a single count of harassment, a violation. Prosecutors claimed Lewis fought with his wife over custody of their 3-year-old son... In July, he filed a notice of claim, a preamble to a lawsuit, contending police brass worked with [AL] to try to get him off the force. The officer also claimed police have over the past few years created a hostile work environment and tried to publicly embarrass and mock him... [Full article here]
SCHENECTADY POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR THIRD TIME
Stalking, threats, more are alleged
Schenectady Daily Gazette
By Steven Cook
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
SCHENECTADY — Schenectady Police Officer John W. Lewis was arrested Monday for the third time in seven months, this time accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife. Lewis, 39, of Oregon Avenue, was charged with third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment, both misdemeanors. He is accused of threatening [AL], his former wife, three times last week and a fourth time in August... In a telephone conversation with his ex-wife Saturday, Lewis allegedly told her he would be at her house every night and, if she were not there, he would go looking for her. “He further stated that if he found her with someone, he was going to kill whoever she was with and kill her,” the court paperwork reads... The divorce was final in September, county records show. After each arrest, he has been suspended without pay for 30 days, as he was Monday. Between the suspensions he returned to the payroll, but not to work. Lewis was arraigned Monday and released to return to court Nov. 24... Lewis was first charged in April, accused of the violation of harassment of his estranged wife... In the meantime, however, he was also charged with a more serious count of criminal contempt, accused of violating an order of protection issued in the harassment case. In that case, he is accused of phoning the woman several times, driving by her and going to her work. The contempt case remains pending. The latest allegations are more explicit, including direct threats. Papers reference four separate alleged incidents... Monday’s charges did not include a new contempt charge. The previous order of protection expired with the June acquittal. A new order, however, was issued Monday... Kevin Luibrand, Lewis’ attorney in the claim against the city, said Monday his client has since gone on disability for an undisclosed ailment... [Full article here]
...NYreader says: This is like a bad Movie of the Week. How many times does something like this have to happen before definitive action is taken? Will it be taken before his wife and family end up as another statistic? Law enforcement officers of all branches often have trouble turning off the "I'm the law, I'm always right" switch when they go home. I sincerely hope that all parties receive the help they so obviously need.