AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * A MARATHON MEETING!

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EXCESSIVE FORCE 

      John White of San Diego, California is suing the City of Lancaster and five police officers for monetary damages in excess of $150,000 in a lawsuit filed in Federal Court on September 9th.
     He is represented by Lancaster Attorney Kevin C. Allen of the law firm of Crystle-Allen Law, LLC. The “Factual Allegations” portion of the lawsuit is below.

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*** BREAKING NEWS ***
BAD CONDUCT!

      The second new policy covered by Mayor Sorace was a new “Code of Conduct” and she specifically mentioned officers during her report to council last night. That may be because the day before, on September 9th, the above federal law suit was filed.
     The factual allegations from the lawsuit and more information will follow shortly.
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SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

**   Part of Mayor Sorace’s Report of the Mayor to city council last night is below. I cannot find the new social media policy on the city’s website and will follow-up to print it in full.
     On the internal front – I wanted to just follow-up with council to let you know that we recently completed a conversation with each of our three labor unions relating to two new city policies.
     The first of these policies is a social media policy. This was developed because of the city’s use of various social media platforms which has become crucial to how we communicate with residents, businesses and visitors to the city. This policy provides rules and guidance for the creation and management and use of social media platforms by all city departments and employees. It also guides the personal use of non-city social media platforms by city employees.
     Personal use of social media by city employees is generally protected by the First Amendment, of course, and for many city employees by certain rights afforded to union members.
     That said, there are certain legal, ethical and common sense matters that have to be followed which are captured in this language for the policy and I am just going to read you one quick section:
     “The city of Lancaster recognizes that these types of tools can sometimes blur the line between professional and personal lives and interactions. Therefore, employees are reminded that as representatives of the city of Lancaster, their office and their department, the rules and guidelines of this policy must be taken into consideration when participating on social media platforms and particularly when identifying themselves as employees of the city of Lancaster or when the context might lead to that conclusion.
      By exercising discretion and common sense when applying social media for professional and personal purposes, employees will help assure that they do not inadvertently compromise applicable professional, legal or ethical standards.”
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*    I would like to just say no, no and no to this LNP story/video! Why is this a lead story? I don’t want to see two copperheads mating! I don’t want to see two copperheads period! Are the LNP editors nuts? I’m afraid to go to their home page now! I am not a “reptile fan!”

JOY & MAJOR
FINANCIAL DECISIONS

     It was a joy filled city council meeting last night as Lancaster was named a Welcoming City; council recognized Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), and the Neighborhood Leadership Academy celebrated their graduation (click here).
     There were also major financial decisions voted on and in the report of the Mayor she mentioned two new city policies for employees – a social media policy covering both business and personal use of social media platforms and a code of conduct for employees.
Please check back later today.
 

13 Responses to AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * A MARATHON MEETING!

  1. Pabana says:

    Why don’t any of the commenters here understand the difference between County and City government? Judges don’t work for the City. The City’s policies don’t affect them.

    • Anon says:

      Add state employees in there too. The Courts of Common Pleas are state courts. The judges are state employees, not county employees.

  2. Anon says:

    A few years back, around 2013 I think, there was this guy picked up for a DUI in Upper Darby….I really wish I could remember his name. He claimed that the cops beat the crap out of him during the stop/arrest and he had the injuries to back it up…..took lots of pictures after he was released. It was convincing. His face and head were seriously messed up. Unfortunately for him, they had video surveillance of him in his holding cell that night repeatedly banging his own face/head into the wall……

    I will wait to pass any judgment until both sides of the story are revealed. Cops deal with some serious crazy sometimes and one side of the story is never the complete truth. Especially when this particular guy claims he was arrested without probable cause and simply for flipping the bird, but a simple docket search shows that a John White was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for engaging in fighting on September 17, 2017 and was found guilty at the MDJ level. He initially filed an appeal of the decision, but subsequently withdrew it. Not saying it automatically makes everything that happened during the arrest right/legal, but it sure does make me question the complete veracity of his civil complaint.

    • Becky says:

      LOL! Mr. or Ms. studious is back! We will see. His mother was apparently a witness, there is probably video because there are cameras everywhere there and I do not believe attorney Kevin Allen takes cases on a “whim.” I’m betting he has a lot of medical bills.

      • Anon says:

        I take studious, and all of its denotations, as a compliment. There is nothing wrong with being diligent and careful in one’s judgments and philosophies.

    • Anonymous says:

      White may have withdrew the appeal because if he lost after appealing he would of ended up taking major losses.

      • Anon says:

        Still….hard to claim in civil court there was lack of probable cause for an arrest you were later convicted of…..regardless of the reason for not challenging the conviction.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cops beat the crap out of a tourist who gives them the finger and Kevin Allen is the “jerk”? Maybe if the city could fire loser cops like this, or corrupt Craig Stedman would prosecute them, they would not violate civil rights over and over and over again and Kevin Allen wouldn’t have so many clients. Couldn’t have been too busy of a night for these overpaid, unprofessional bullies with badges. And once again, the taxpayers who pay cops salaries are left holding the bag…JERK.

  4. my goodness says:

    Attorney Kevin Allen, you are a jerk for being involved with this crap. Do you even have an inkling of what our police have to put up with downtown at night? If this clown was with his mother she should have smacked him upside the head. It is not ok to make obscene gestures at our police regardless of some supreme court idiots interpretation of our constitution.

    • Becky says:

      Yes, the police have a very rough job. They sign up for it and are paid for it. So do firefighters, EMS responders, trauma surgeons, etc. Mr. White may be a jerk but the court has ruled he can give police the finger. These police are obviously not properly trained. How would you like to have your patella tendon ruptured or have surgery? Unfortunately, it takes lawsuits like this to wake up the mayor, city council and the police chief that more training is absolutely required and excessive force is not acceptable!

  5. my goodness says:

    Settle it mayor. You and your predecessor wanted Lancaster to be this thriving hipster megapolis well you got it! Unfortunately I had occasion to be driving downtown at 1:30 in the morning awhile back, it was disgusting. Rowdy drunks all over the place. I can’t imagine our police having to contend with this nonsense. It’s only going to get worse. You wanted it, you got it, now deal with it.

  6. huh? says:

    Wonder if this covers the judge who sang the praises of the music festival organizer?

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