Daniel Harless fired from Canton police force

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  1. By Lori Monsewicz
    CantonRep.com staff writer
    Posted Jan 11, 2012 @ 09:38 AM

    CANTON —
    A city police officer at the center of a controversial traffic stop involving a man with a permit to carry a concealed handgun has been fired.

    Bill Adams, president of the Canton Police Patrolmen’s Association, the union that represents Patrolman Daniel Harless, confirmed that city Safety Director Thomas Ream ruled that Harless is no longer a member of the city’s police force.

    Ream issued a three-page ruling dated Tuesday.

    “It is quite clear that (Harless’) actions represented a pattern of behavior where inappropriate verbal abuse and threats of death or great bodily harm of the various complainants occurred,†Ream wrote.

    “This escalating pattern of potentially dangerous behavior cannot be justified or excused and clearly illustrates the seriousness of the departmental infractions.â€

    Harless plans to appeal the decision, Adams said.

    Harless was accused of violating police department rules during the June 8 traffic stop during which police cruiser video shows Harless berating and threatening a man pulled over around 1:30 a.m. on Newton Avenue NW.

    Harless unleashed a flurry of profanities at the driver, shouting he should have gunned down the driver, William E. Barlett, for being stupid.

    The cruiser video went viral after it captured the attention of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, which posted the video online.

    The police department’s internal affairs division launched an investigation, examining Harless’ behavior during the June 8th arrest and two unrelated traffic stops, each captured on a police cruiser dash camera.

    In the June 8 stop, he was accused of violating the department’s rules and regulations for cooperation with the public, deportment and treatment of persons in custody. For that, he faced being suspended or fired.

    Harless was placed on medical leave and other officers donated their sick days to him when his paid sick-leave time ran out.

    The union had asked for an extension for the disciplinary hearing due to Harless being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    “Obviously, it’s an unfortunate set of circumstances that transpired,†Adams said. “We feel that due to the fact that (Harless) has PTSD, that nobody realized it for eight-plus years, for it to come to light the way it did ... this is not a way we wanted this to play out. PTSD is obviously a disease.â€

    Adams said that the incident that sparked the disease occurred in 2003 when a suspect nearly bit off Harless’ finger while trying to get the officer’s gun.

    “Here’s a guy who was in a life-and-death situation,†Adams said, adding that since the June 8 incident came to light, Harless has been diagnosed several times with PTSD.

    “Most people that have a bad day on their job can go home, put their legs up and relax,†Adams said. “We can go home from our jobs in a body bag or with a serious physical injury from the hospital.â€

    He noted the recent incident in which Officer Tim Marks was brutally attacked by a suspect.

    “It affects people in different ways. Unfortunately, (Harless) had PTSD, and it wasn’t realized for eight years. Unfortunately, he was fired, and we will address that situation at a later time.â€

    An arbitrator would make a final decision in an appeal, Adams said.

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  2. DEFCON1
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    Good riddance to bad rubbish.
     
  3. Exactly, that man is a loose cannon just waiting to blowup on someone in a bad way!
     
  4. misfit138x
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    im from the area and we actually use to have a rental house in this neighborhood. do i think the policeman over reacted, yes. do i blame him for doing that in this neighborhood. ABSOLUTELY NOT!, our rental house was hit with a drive by shooting about 4 years ago and one of the tenants in another incident was shot in the front yard a year later. this is arguably the worst neighborhood in canton.
     
  5. WOW! I am glad you all are ok. I know there are areas like that here in Toledo as well, Hollywood Ave. comes to mind. Just one place I avoid ALL the time.
     
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    "Don't go stupid places, with stupid people and do stupid things."
    Massad Ayoob

    Having said that, I know sometimes you can't help it. Especially with the stupid people are family. :rolleyes:
     
  7. misfit138x
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    Beautiful quote lol. And i used to have to go mow that rental property when i was 16 and there was not one time someone didnt confront you. Now the house is vacant and i drove past recently and all the aluminum siding is stripped as far as someone can reach. Pretty sad we put a lot of work into that rental and it was a pretty nice house!
     
  8. diesel
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    Stop by my place guys(and girl) I'm 6 miles east of Youngstown. There are places in Y-town that haven't seen a cop in months.(other than for shootings) Every night the news tells of another shooting. Last week some retard fired into an appartment complex randomly killing an 8 year old cuz he was mad at his girl who lived in the same complex.
    Obviously, i don't leave my place anymore without my 1911. Never know when the shit will hit the fan around here.
    Still, i don't believe that excuses an officer. One should be treated properly until there arises a reason not to. I seen that video and i believe the officer in question is mentally irregular at best.
    He should not be on the force with sever PTSD, in my humble opinion.:flag:
     
  9. There is no excuse for the criminal actions of this guy, maybe less excuses why the other incidents didn't draw attention from higher ups. I hope he never gets a job of authority again and his actions hound him for life.
     
  10. misfit138x
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    no i hear ya but still there are reasons for every action and understanding can prevent them further. does it leave him off the hook? No but i understand why he did it but it still does not make it right. being young and into guns has definitely brought out some less than understanding people. I dont know how many times ive been hassled buying a gun just because im young. Most notably by some gung-ho guy at gander mountain that im still mad about lol. they just dont seem to get sometimes that i love the sport i grew up my entire life around guns i shoot sport only. i refuse to get a ccw because of the fact i get hassled so much. But i dont beleive all police or all authority figures are bad, for as many bad are out there, there are that many more that do a good job!
     
  11. I agree that the ccw holder could have done better job maybe of informing, but cop or governor or even president threatens to kill me multiple time is not acceptable from anyone! I took my ccw from a local LE and he is a good guy but vastly outnumbered around here by bad people with a job and a badge.

    Why do you think you'll be hassled if you get your ccw? When I got mine I was told by many uninformed that I would be hassled and it's not true, if you value you life I say get it.
     
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    im still debating it... just from local cops i think i might thats all but its still up in the air and i may get it... dont have anything small enough to carry though. unless i pack a full size 1911 or my 6 inch colt 357 lol
     
  13. Personally I had my CCW permit for probably a year before I actually started carrying because I was worried about being hassled as well. SO far I have had no issues while CC. Had a few odd looks because I reach for something and my shirt rides up and people see my weapon but no legal hassles as of yet. I would get your license regardless if you carry or not just for car carry purposes. You can openly carry in a car with a CCW license and with out there can be no mags or speed loaders with rounds and the ammo has to be separate from the weapon, IE. Ammo in trunk weapon in glove box. Least that's how I remember it. I could be wrong and fully expect the members here to tell me if I am. :notlisten::whistle:
     
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    I don't care what anyone says. If you threaded to blow someones head off YOU know YOU have a problem. Here we go again, no one being responsible for their own action. Does that officer have terrible problems, of course he does. It is his responsibility to get help. I am just as worried about the fool who was in the back seat searching the car with a man still in the front seat. Not real safe. That man could have turned around and blew his head off. Even an officer told me that man was just stupid. You do not search a car with someone in that car. Heck, when I was a teenager everyone knew to stay out of Canton most of the cops were jerks and that was 30 years ago. Looks like things haven't changed.
     
  15. misfit138x
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    you remember bobby cuts... guess where he was a cop from lol. honestly most of the time they are not bad im from louisville and i had more problems than i can count from that police force. they would pull you over for the dumbest reasons in the world. at one point i got stopped 3 times in one month and one time was for "dirty license plate lights". but apparently canton is not much better
     
  16. Minimal Brat
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    I think most cops are fine. They are just working men and woman who are doing a job most of us wouldn't want. There are a couple in my little town not worth spit. The rest seem nice enough. Problem is it only takes one or two bad ones to give a whole department a bad name.
     
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    Amen Brother
    There is absolutly no excuse for his actions and this is not his first incident. His Nazi actions were completly uncalled for and downright scary to think he was on the force. Just a matter of time before he unjustly killed someone
     

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