Sheriff: No charges justified

GREENWICH - Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland said the internal investigation of the suspected misconduct of two Greenwich police officers is complete, but doesn't appear to justify any charges. "You have to have evidence to prove anything in a case, but that's not there," the sheriff said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

GREENWICH - Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland said the internal investigation of the suspected misconduct of two Greenwich police officers is complete, but doesn't appear to justify any charges.

"You have to have evidence to prove anything in a case, but that's not there," the sheriff said.

The two officers are accused of providing alcohol to two people over the age of 18, but under 21, during a Greenwich incident when the two men were off-duty, Sutherland said. He added that the allegations couldn't be substantiated.

The two officers, both of whom work full-time, are not being named because they haven't been charged. Both men originally were hired as part-time officers, one in June 2004, the other in June 2003.

About late June, Greenwich Mayor Gary Sprague instructed Interim Police Chief Shawn Craig to stop his initial investigation and hand the case over to the sheriff's office in order to get an impartial review. Sutherland assigned the case to Detective Sgt. Dane Howard sometime after July 4.

The detective completed his investigation this week and gave his report to the sheriff early Thursday afternoon. Sutherland, earlier this week, had not cleared Howard to discuss the case with the media, which the sheriff said again Thursday, Howard said.

Sutherland said he plans on setting up a meeting with Sprague, who has the ultimate in decision about whether to give the case to Greenwich Law Director Steve Palmer, who was unavailable for comment. Sutherland said this probe was the first time he could recall his office investigated allegations against other Huron County police officers.

Craig was out of town this morning and couldn't be reached for comment. Sprague, also unavailable today, has said he wouldn't comment until the investigation was complete and either charges were filed or dropped.

Comments

Resident (Anonymous)

Boy I could have predicted this outcome. It figures. I know how they operate and it would be the same outcome no matter what. You can be a legal criminal in this county.

take it easy (A...

If Sutherland had anything to do with the investigation I would agree with you. A criminal investigation has something to do with law enforcement and sutherland doesn't understand any of that. Howard is a good man and if he says there is no probably cause, then I believe him. Sutherland would have to have that concept explained to him, Howard does not. If there is a problem with GPD council and the mayor need to take action with or without a charge.

listen up (Anon...

shawn!!!! RESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are a fool!!!!!
now you have two officers that hate you!!! i would want them to back me up!!!!

not a resident ...

Hey resident what do you do for a living. Do we come to your place of business and tell you how to do your job. But I guess we wouldn't have to tell you how to do your job, I guess when the fryer beeps it's time to pull the french fries out of the oil. Keep up the good work at McDonalds resident.

listen up (Anon...

hey not a resident,im a police officer and i can say shawn craige is a jerk and a pig and need to resign!! im not flipping burgers im fighting crime!! jeremy and bob didnt deserve that crap in the papers!! they have a family with kids!!! shawn doesnt care who he takes down to make himself look good!!! GPD MIGHT NOT BE CLEVELAND BUT IT DESERVES GOOD SERVICE AND PROTECTION!!!! call the mayor and make hime listen!!! he has the power to remove shawn and get someone who will do their job not to get tail like the past someone else we all know!!! good luck all!!!

anonymous (Anon...

How would sutherland know if charges are justified. that is law enforcement related, it has nothing to do with hiring his family or corruption.