MIAMI TWP., Ohio —
The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to file criminal charges against the deputy police chief of the Miami Twp. Police Department, concerning the decontamination of a 17-year-old girl after her July 12 arrest, according to prosecutor’s spokesman Greg Flannagan.
The decontamination was related to the girl being….
A grown armed man representing the Miami Township here in Ohio arrests a 17 year old girl. Apparently before arresting the teen he sprays her with pepper spray. After arresting her and taking her into custody she is transported to the Sheriffs office where she is stripped naked and hosed down with a garden hose by this very Sheriff. The alleged public servents name according to the DDN story is Maj. John DiPietro. Apparently Public Servant John DiPietro was alone in the room with the naked wet teen while he was hosing her down. The department calls this act “decontamination”. Yeh right! This event is a clear abuse of this teen and the public trust.
Asking a local officer in our shop about these situations, he said it’s normal procedure to supply the pepper sprayed individual with a bottle of water and a cloth to clean their face. He said he tells them it will burn again in the shower as some could wash down into the eyes again. Seems reasonable enough to me that a 17 year old could clean their own face with basic supplies such as these. Something less than a hosing down in the nude might, just might have cleaned the face. But then maybe another purpose was being served here. I’m proud to say punishing of crimes and criminals should be left to the Judge and Jury. Certainly forcing a young woman to present herself in the nude to a male officer for a one on one private hose down might be exceedingly out of line, mean and inhumane.
I am reminded of the scene from First Blood where a corrupt and abusive small town sheriff expresses his dominance and power by hosing down John Rambo, a Vietnam war vet in his custody.
We lay back in our society and think that this kind of abuse is only in the movies when in reality this kind of abuse of our citizens and their freedoms goes on behind the doors of some law enforcement offices. What’s worse is these incidents always seem to be ruled “There was no wrong doing”. Often it’s the local prosecutor who is pressured to overlook these incidents in order to have a continued good relationship with the department he works closely with. Often it’s the internal affairs investigators (fellow union members and officer brothers) who arrive at the “Never Guilty” conclusion. It’s a prime example of the “code”. A corrupt system by which horrible servants are allowed to continue in public service. Protecting a member of the group is held in higher regard than the oath given to serve. The idea that a public service employee group could be trusted with honorable self investigation is laughable. These kinds of bureaucratic mechanisms are merely put in place to deflect and dissuade further serious inquiry. I remember trying to enter a complaint with the city of Dayton only to be told over and over “Mr. Thacker, you have no complaint.” It’s bull squeeze on the highest order.
I am completely and profoundly incensed that any male public servant would force a teenage girl to strip naked and then stand over her hosing her down. And to top it all off it’s reported he was in the room alone with the young girl. I make no apologies for defending this girl during this terrible moment of abuse, no apologies for our constitution or how it protects even the accused and I’ll feel no loss whatsoever should the local politicians decide to squeeze this corrupt public servant out and pinch him off.
Shame on you Miami Township for not allowing this girl to go privately in the bathroom to clean herself up. I suppose you think she was not capable of bathing herself without the assistance of a 40 something man. Or perhaps, the entire purpose and intent was to humiliate and punish a citizen who had come under your purview. Since a high ranking officer was involved, there is a strong implication that this quality of public service is accepted practice in Miami Township. Additionally are no reports of any other officers attempting to stop this abuse AND the hose was available inside a room where subjects are interviewed/searched or “decontaminated”. The hose being available inside this room suggests livestock-like treatment of citizens in this way is routine. The situation is sickening. Shame on you.
My name is Dave Thacker and I’m doing something about it.
Contact info follows. I encourage you to let these people know what you think.
Miami Township of Ohio Township Offices
2700 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: (937) 433-9969
Fax: (937) 433-8709
Prosecutor’s Office who declined charging this officer with anything:
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office
P.O. Box 972
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This kind of treament of any citizen needs to end with the officers tried and jailed just as you and I would be had we tortured her.