The Canton Repository newspaper is reporting that notorious Canton, Ohio, police officer Daniel Harless, who was fired after being caught on his own police dash cam video in June 2011 verbally assaulting a concealed carry license holder and threatening to “execute” him, is one step away from winning back his job.
From the article:
Fired police officer Daniel Harless could get his job back if he gets medical clearance to return to work.
An arbitrator hearing Harless’ appeal ruled in the former patrolman’s favor. The 15-page ruling was dated Saturday and released by the city Wednesday.
Harless’ attorney indicated his client is unlikely to seek his old job, at least for now. He has been receiving workers’ compensation and has applied for a disability retirement pension.
But Harless now has the right to be back on the job, according to arbitrator Harry Graham.
“Return to active service, if ever, is to be determined by competent medical authority,” wrote Graham, an arbitrator since 1972 and a retired professor of industrial relations at Cleveland State University.
The internal affairs division of the Police Department had investigated three traffic stops involving Harless, each one filmed by a cruiser dash camera. Investigators said the officer had violated rules for conduct, cooperation with the public and handling persons.
Harless was accused of violating police department rules during the June 8, 2011 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.
In the dash cam video, the officer can be heard unleashing a profanity-laced tirade, yelling, “I should blast you in the mouth right now…I’m so close to caving in your head,” and “you’re just a stupid human being!” He continued to berate the license-holder, shouting, “You want me to pull mine and stick it to your head?” “People like you don’t deserve to f#$%*@g move throughout public. Period!”
After the June cruiser video was posted on the Internet, it went viral. Soon, other videos turned up, revealing a long pattern of deplorable behavior.
The Repository uncovered a video from another incident, in which Harless threatened to send the suspects “to the grave” if they moved, adding, “I will shoot you in the face and I’ll go to sleep tonight.”