2019 1st Qtr

Citizen Complaints against Officers
2019 1st Quarter 

 All citizen complaints against officers are documented and investigated by the department’s supervisors. Once the investigation is complete, it is reviewed by the Section Commander, Division Commander and then forwarded to the Office of the Chief where the decision is made as to the finding of the complaint. Complaints questioning the basis for a citation or arrest are not documented and those complainants are advised to go through the court system

There are four different categories of complaint findings:

  • Sustained - The investigation produced a preponderance of evidence to prove the allegation did in fact occur and the action of the officer was improper. 
  • Not Sustained - The investigation failed to produce a preponderance of evidence to either prove or disprove the allegation. 
  • Exonerated - The allegation in fact did occur but the actions of the officer were legal, justified, proper, and in accordance with the law and the department’s policies and procedures. 
  • Unfounded - The allegation in fact did not occur, based on the evidence. 

During this quarter, there were 8 citizen’s complaints against officers. The findings for these complaints are as follows:

Sustained - 0
Not Sustained -0 
Exonerated - 0
Unfounded - 8
Pending - 0


The following is a summary of each of those complaints:

  1. On 1-20-2019, a citizen complained that he received injuries as a result of being arrested. After reviewing the video and speaking to the people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The citizen was physically resistant and combative. The officers used only the force necessary to arrest him. 
  2. On 1-28-2019, a citizen complained that he received injuries as a result of being arrested. After reviewing the video and speaking to the people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The citizen had fled from the officers and resisted arrest once they caught him. The officers used only the force necessary to arrest him. 
  3. On 2-20-2019, a citizen complained that a supervisor used profanity while speaking with her and that officers had violated her rights. After reviewing the video and speaking with the people involved, there was no evidence to support her claim and the complaint was unfounded. 
  4. On 2-22-2019, a citizen complained that officers had slammed him to the ground for no reason. After reviewing the video and speaking with people that were involved, the complaint was unfounded. The citizen was taken to the ground as a result of his actively resisting the officers while they were trying to arrest him. The officers used only the force necessary to gain control of him.  
  5. On 2-24-2019, a citizen complained that he received scratches from the handcuffs applied by officers during his arrest. After reviewing the video and speaking with the people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The handcuffs were applied properly. 
  6. On 2-26-2019, a citizen complained that he received injuries to his wrists as a result of handcuffing. After reviewing the video and speaking with people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The citizen was physically combative and the officers used only the force necessary to arrest him.  
  7. On 3-1-2019, a citizen complained that she was taken to the ground by officers for no reason. After reviewing the videos and speaking with the people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The citizen physically resisted and obstructed the officers and the officers used only the force necessary to control her and the others involved.
  8. On 3-18-2019, a citizen complained that she should not have been arrested. After reviewing the video and speaking with people involved, the complaint was unfounded. The officers made a lawful arrest.