Delaware Police Brutality and
- New Castle County Police Chief Col. David F. McAllister was placed on
paid leave Monday while the county investigates a longstanding fund
used to pay off-duty officers who work at special events.
about the fund were raised during a review of the police department by
the county Office of Finance, County Executive Christopher A. Coons'
office said in a statement late Monday. The statement was issued after
The News Journal asked questions about McAllister's status.
agreed to go on paid leave during the investigation because the chief
has a role in administering the fund as well as overseeing internal
affairs investigations, the statement said.
plans to introduce legislation in County Council tonight "to correct
some of the deficiencies of past practices" involving the fund,
according to the statement.
report will be made to County Council at the end of the probe, the
statement said. County spokeswoman Allison Taylor Levine, who released
the statement, said officials don't know how long the investigation
Col. Scott McLaren -- who served as acting chief when McAllister was on
vacation earlier this month -- was appointed acting chief during the
a former lieutenant sworn in as chief in October 2003, continues to
receive his salary of $128,476 a year.
questions Monday evening to his attorney, Claire DeMatteis.
no allegations that Chief McAllister did anything wrong," DeMatteis
said. "Let's let the facts play out."
said McAllister raised questions about the department's long-standing
procedure for off-duty job pay well before finance officials began
their examination. "He was told, 'This is how it's always been done,' "
also said there was more to his agreeing to paid leave than county
officials said: "Col. McAllister did not want the county targeting
individual officers who have worked these jobs, so he agreed that he
would go on administrative leave while a thorough investigation is
the existing practice, individuals and groups who hire off-duty
officers -- for jobs from directing after-church traffic to patrolling
festival crowds -- write checks to a fund that subsequently pays the
officers, but leaves it to them to declare the income on their taxes.
there are changes that need to be made, Dave will be the first one to
carry them out," DeMatteis said.
officials would not say whether or how the issues prompting
McAllister's leave might be linked to a federal investigation of former
County Executive Tom Gordon and former top aide Sherry Freebery, both
former county police chiefs who have pleaded not guilty to racketeering
and other charges.
- The officer in charge of the Leland Police SWAT Team is under arrest
and has now been moved to a different jail for his protection. Police
Commander Brett Hobbs surrendered to authorities early Thursday
afternoon to face drug charges.
The State Bureau of
Investigation booked Hobbs at the Brunswick County Jail. The charges
involve making and dealing crack cocaine and lying to authorities.
was moved to the Central Prison in Raleigh to protect his safety. He is
commander of the Leland Police SWAT Team. He is also the son of Leland
Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Hobbs.
The district attorney's office says it has been investigating this drug
ring for years.
bond is set at $500,000. At least seven others have been indicted in
this drug ring. If Hobbs is convicted, he faces a minimum 14-year
mandatory jail sentence.
Right now, he remains on the force but
has been taken off the street. Leland's town manager issued a statement
Thursday saying Hobbs has a right to due process.
-- A Delaware officer has been charged with harassing a teenage girl.
Corporal Douglas Baylor is accused of trying to force his way into the
16-year-old girl's car last month as she was trying to leave a pizzeria
honked her horn several times until Baylor got into his car and left.
was arrested Tuesday night and charged with unlawful imprisonment and
Involved: L. Aaron Chaffinch
4/29/2004 -- The
lawyer for a Delaware State Police captain who filed internal
misconduct charges against state police Superintendent Col. L. Aaron
Chaffinch was furious upon learning that three of the allegations would
not be investigated. In a related matter, the president of the Delaware
State Troopers Association warned that protections in the Law
Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights could be waived if troopers
participate in the investigation. "These are the allegations of the
crimes of perjury and official misconduct,'' attorney Thomas S.
Neuberger said." The state has now stated that it does not want to
investigate crimes reported by an experienced state police captain.
"This is an outrageous cover-up and whitewash of the powerful who think
they are above the law. It is a double standard.'' Mr. Neuberger
represents state police training director Capt. Gregory A. Warren. The
captain filed internal charges against the colonel and Deputy
Superintendent Lt. Col. Thomas F. MacLeish earlier this month. Internal
charges are normally handled by the state police internal affairs
section, but at the direction of Secretary of Safety and Homeland
Security James L. Ford Jr., a private firm - Hyden Associates - is
investigating. Capt. Warren also has a job discrimination lawsuit
against Col. Chaffinch and Gov. Ruth Ann Minner pending in federal