Biker Allegedly Shot in Back by Ottawa Hills Cop Paralyzed and Burned; Files Law Suit & OHPD Responds

George Tanber has the latest on the Ottawa Hills shooting incident. You can visit his Web site at http://www.thenewsmeister.com for the latest. The Ottawa Hills police response is below.
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TOLEDO, Ohio - A unarmed motorcyclist allegedly shot in the back by an Ottawa Hills police officer, paralyzed and severely burned during a traffic stop filed a civil suit yesterday in U.S. District Court against the officer and the village where the incident took place on May 23.

Officer Thomas White, the Village of Ottawa Hills and Officer John Doe are the defendants named in the complaint. The complaint, filed on behalf of Mike McCloskey, 24, of Maumee, by Geoffrey Fieger of Southfield, Mich., a nationally-known attorney, argues that McCloskey's civil rights were violated by Officer White, the village and Officer Doe.

http://www.thenewsmeister.com/the_newsmeister/2009/06/biker-shot-by-otta...

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Ottawa Hills response:

June 5, 2009

Statement Concerning the Filing of a Civil Suit by Michael McCloskey

We are aware that a civil lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo on behalf of Michael McCloskey against Ottawa Hills Police Department and Officer Thomas White from an incident that occurred in the village at 2:18 am on May 23, 2009.

Our attorneys are reviewing this civil suit and have asked us not to comment. The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation has not issued a report on its investigation, so we are not in a position to comment.

I requested BCI investigate since one of our officers was involved. BCI kept the evidence, including the DVD from the in-car camera. No Ottawa Hills officials have seen the DVD.

Further, Officer White has not returned to work, filed his report, nor spoken with anyone from OHPD. The OHPD is conducting its own administrative investigation.

Therefore, I do not have any other comments.

Robert C. Overmeyer
Chief of Police

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Dont ottawa hills cars have dash cams?

Most anyone who rides a bike knows to stay out of the village at night...These guys give "rent a cops" a bad name...pure amatuer hour...sylvania is almost as bad...followed by rossford and northwood, oregon...

When you cant get a job as a real cop....you go for the burbs....

I've never been pulled over by a toledo cop for the sole purpose of yelling at you...I have in all of the above...

Power trippers....

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“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Zeitgeist--You've been pulled over and admonished in Sylvania, Rossford, Northwood, Oregon, and Ottawa Hills? What the heck are you doing?

"Most anyone who rides a bike knows to stay out of the village at night"
Bull, done it hundreds of times. No problem if you obey speed limit.

If you ride a motorcycle in toledo and do the speed limit ALL the time, you are on borrowed time.

I been riding 31 years...28 of them on the street in nw ohio....havent had a ticket on a bike since I was 18...gotten a few warnings...Thank you officers!

I watch cars...not road signs...if you are not paying attention and not going faster than the traffic behind you ...you will get your ass run right over one day...

If you are going faster than the traffic in FRONT of you...you will be running into people....

If you are going too fast to stop if a car backs out of a drive way or pulls out...you will hit it...pretty damn simple rules....

I dont give a crap what the law is....you wanna dance in traffic in Toledo....you better be aggressive...and you better be able to react instinctively...because taking time ot think is often aready too much time...

Defense is for losers....if you take the time to "react" you have allready lost the initiutive...

Inituitive:

1)an introductory act or step; leading action.

2. readiness and ability in initiating action

Intuition: The ability to sense or know immediately without reasoning.

You must accept the worse case senario to be true at all times until proven otherwise...

Every car will back out of a driveway...

Every car will pull out...

Every car will turn left in front of you...

Every car will crowd you into on comming traffic...

Every intersection has a fire truck or an amulance or a cruiser needing right of way...

Every kid will run out...

Every dog will chase you...

Every curve has an oil sopt....

Every curve has loose gravel....

Every car behind you will try and run you down on purpose.....

Every car in front of you will lock em up for to appearent reason....

Every car in on comming traffic will come left of center...

Every truck throws up rocks....

There is a deer standing in the dark around every blind curve...

You are invisible and totally unprotected....

If you cant ride a bike as easy as you can walk through air...quit riding...now...

Never make a U-Turn when you can go around the block...

Never trust a turn signal.....

Never leave a green light until traffic has stopped in BOTH cross lanes....people are stupid and blow red lights all the time...

And if you are falling...Never put your hands out...you'll break a hand , both arms or worse...tuck.....go down on your side or shoulder if you have to ...and be ready to roll ....

When you throw your leg over a motorcycle you better be ready to die...cuz that's what can happen in an instant...

I'll take my chances on a ticket...

I've hit birds, bettles, bee's, wasps, rocks, racoons, tree limbs, and a beagle....and lived to tell the tale...

I've dropped every bike I ever owned at least once....either standing still ...or moving...

I cant say I've never committed felony fleeing and eluding .....I can say I never got caught...

People who've never at least riddin a dirt bike shouldnt ever ride a street bike...

Dont ride on the street unitl you have a season on the dirt or trails....

The first thing you learn to survive riding trails is : Stationary objects do not move when you hit them...

The first thing you learn to survive riding in the street is: Stationary objects are no longer stationary.

Never buy a full street bike until you've ridden an enduro for at least a season on the street....you may need to take a curb at 35 and dump it in the grass in order to avoid getting hit...

Try it on a gold wing.....

Never ride an underpowered or unsafe bike...

Never ride a bike that stops like shit...

Never buy more bike than you can ride....dont lie to yourself...

The most dangerous place on the road is traveling next to another vehicle of any type....if that vehicle has to dodge an object...they WILL swerve in your lane...

If you dont wear a full face helmet, gloves, a leather jacket and jeans AND SHOES ...your an idiot...dirt bike or street bike....I dont care how hot it is...or how short your trip is....one day...you'll be sorry for not having that stuff on...or glad as hell you did....tried it both ways....oh it looks cool....but not having stuff on sucks....

(yes I've seen guys riding with shorts on and flipflops)

The best all around street bike is a standard..5,6,or 750.....crotch rockets are for racing...and cruisers are for cruising....neither of which are safe on streets and highways filled with idiots in cars....

If you havent gone over 100 on a bike in your life you aint shit.

If you go over a 100 on a bike in the wrong place at the wrong time, Shit is all that will be left of you...

If you GET hit on a motorcycle....it was your own damn fault...you were going to fast, showing off, or plain old not paying attention...or any combination of the above..

If you HIT something on a motorcycle ... it was your own damn fault...you were going to fast, showing off, or plain old not paying attention...or any combination of the above

And no...I'm not of those idiots doing wheelies down 475...but I may have passed you like a blur...and I dont really give a crap what you think about it.....if you are in a car...you are an accident waiting to happen.........to me....

I not talking on a cell phone...

or playing with the radio...

or hunting for a CD....

or dicking with my hair.....

or putting on make up...

or picking my nose....

I'm not yaking/yelling LOOKING at my passenger...

or reading a book..

or texting....

or eating..

or drinking...

or thinking about what I'm going to do when I get to work/school/home/store/bitches house/Bar/ concert/ truckstop/campground/ cottage whatever........

If you got mad because I passed you...too bad ...at least you SAW me this time....

I'm paying full attention to what the frak I'm doing at the moment....trying to survive around the rest of you idiots and reach my destination alive and in one piece...

And there are no such things as fender benders on motorcycles.

Copywrite: Zeitgeist

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

that looks down his two-faced nose at other people.

...was coming back on the Interstate from Ann Arbor. He was riding with his right leg stretched out because he had a cast up to his hip. He also had on flip-flops. We passed him, and a few minutes later I saw him beside the car again. He was keeping up, but lower to the road (he was trying to ride it without the bike by that time). It was kind of surreal. He seemed to keep up with us for a few seconds, and then began to slow. He was also wearing bluejean shorts. We didn't stop (lots of other cars on the road), but I always wondered if his ass was still on him, or on the road.

Old South End Broadway

As a former councilwoman for The Village of Holland I know that's a terrible misstatement. Every police officer I knew on the HPD force was a capable, competent professional. While many young officers do start in smaller departments to gain experience just as many stay with the department for a major part of their professional careers. A young officer starting out "in the burbs" is no diffeerent than a new cadet just out of the Toledo Police Academy. Officers typically move from the smaller departments to larger departments because often there is little room for advancement in a smaller force. Small does not mean lack of competancy. Zeitgeist - you owe officers on every small police force an apology.

With all due respect mary...I dont owe anyone anything

"Over eager" is an understatement at best...

I did forget to mention Holland though...thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Half the burbs send back up for somone doing a rolling stop at a stop sign...or for being 5 miles over the limit...give me a break...

And I would add the sherrif 's are pretty cool...so long as you arent simply being reckless...

I dont disrespect any officer that pulls me over...but I've sure seen a complete lack of it in return a couple times....but never from a toledo cop...I guess when you have bigger fish to fry you dont bother people going about their business so much...

This story is about just that very type of cop...who shot a man in the back for riding motorcycle too fast...then left him lay under it...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

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then left him lay under it

You saw that too? If that's true, that is about the coldest thing I've ever heard of a cop doing to a civilian. I read that and had to take five just to cool off a little. Naturally, the press will never print any follow up to this.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Think for a minute, Mary. Because of your political position and social economic status, you wouldn't know any police officers that weren't ex-boy scouts and choirboys. Try being a poor minority in a beat up car, driving through Holland or Ottawa Hills. You will see a difference.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Oh gosh - Where to start? First - I ride. I have a 75 Honda CB400F Super Sport. My husband has a 74 Norton Commando 850. Both bikes are all original. I've been riding since I was 7. I'm 63. Still riding. Been there, doing that.
Second - socioeconomic status: Have you actually been in the "Village" of Holland lately? It's nice, but it isn't the 'Hills' ! A beat up car doesn't necessarily stand out.
Third - police officers on small town forces are professionals every bit as capable as the officers on any large force.
Fourth: You jumped to the conclusion that my allegience was blind. It isn't. I know from first hand experience that police officers are human and because they are human they are capable of capable of making bad judgements. I also know that the Council and the Mayor in any municipality set the "tone" for the police department that goes beyond what the policies and procedures manual says. A good force can have a bad cop. It happens. Take an officer, who maybe shouldn't be an officer in the first place, add a certain "tone" to the agressiveness expected or tolerated by the community officials, and you've got a recipe for trouble. This case has all the earmarks of a really bad cop. It sickens me because it hurts the reputation of every good cop. It sickens me most of all because of the horrible harm done to Mike McCloskey. You can't get back with money what he's lost.

Don't jump to conclusions and don't tar everybody with the same brush just because they're in the same room.

You start by stating that: Fourth: You jumped to the conclusion that my allegiance was blind.

I did nothing of the kind. I wasn't referring to your allegiance, Mary. I was referring to the treatment that is given to you by the authorities versus that of a poor person or minority, especially in Ottawa Hills. You are denying that economic prejudice exists, and I'm telling you that you're just as wrong as you can be about that.

As far as painting all the police with the same tar laden brush, let me remind you that the police are all members of the blue gang. What one does the others support, even when that one is as much a criminal as any crack dealer. Yes, I paint them all with the same brush and I'll continue to do so until society finally comes up with a way to level the playing field between mere civilians and the police.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

I am a white, older male. I cannot say that I've ever had a police problem in any of the "burbs", except Ottawa Hills. Police officers who work in "The Village", who are almost all middle class people, have more of a snobby, pompous attitude than do most of the residents of Ottawa Hills whom I know!!

I was driving an older, modest car through "The Village" a number of years ago. I was ticketed for running a stop sign. I went to court and won my case, even though I was my only witness. Fortunately, the case was before a Toledo Municipal Court Referee. This was after the Ottawa Hills "Mayor's Court", a big money maker for "The Village" from those of us who drove through "The Village" to and from other parts of the GreaterToledo area, was dismantled. If the Mayor's Court still existed at the time, I would not have even bothered to take a day off of work to try to fight the ticket.

My main point is that the police officer was rude and dismissive. I have had traffic stops by Toledo police, Sylvania police, Ohio Highway Patrol officers, and Michigan State troopers. I was always treated respectfully by all of the other law enforcement people, but not by the officer from "The Village". Needless to say, even though I live in Sylvania and drive to West Toledo for work, I avoid "The Village" whenever I can! If I were part of a racial minority, I can't imagine what my treatment would be like! Maybe this law suit will extract enough money from "The Village" to ensure that police officers are trained the same way they are in other jurisdictions as far as being courteous to those who traverse the "mean streets" of "The Village". If the officers are properly trained, it is less likely that any of them would take the type of action that could lead to the unnecessary serious injury or death of a person accused of a minor traffic violation.

My exprience in OH has been pretty much the same, they definatly did not like my 1980's rusted out mustang driving in their village, of course we also went thru all the sides streets just for fun, luckily we didn't disobey and laws so they didn't pull us over but the did follow us the ENTIRE time we were cruising through.

Your experience is so typical of "The Village" police officers. I know many people who live in "The Village". Few seem to be so arrogant or condescending as those who work the "mean streets" of "The Village"!

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