prompt screaming fit by Fo r w a r d supervisor
By ERIC SLAGLE Daily
News Staff Writer
Tensions are rising
Township as supervisors continue to consider disbanding the community’s
At a meeting
Thursday, board of supervisors chairman Tom DeRosa went into a screaming
fit after he had two residents removed from the meeting by police after
they questioned him on police issues.
“I’m here trying to
help you people. I didn’t wake up one day and say, ‘I’m going to get rid
of the police,’” he yelled. “We have a disruptive police force!” DeRosa
claimed part of his rage was directed at the residents he had thrown out
of the meeting because of their comments. Howard Fleming suggested
DeRosa made police fix tickets in the past, so officers are writing
fewer tickets now in protest. The woman removed from the meeting, who
only identified herself as Michelle, called DeRosa a foul name as she
was being escorted from the building.
“People call me a
thief. I’m not going to tolerate this nonsense anymore,” screamed
DeRosa, who, during the rant, said he’s saved the
money while he’s been in office.
He also ran through
of his complaints
about officers in the police department.
DeRosa has said
police have lost and broken equipment, are abusing worker’s
compensation, have failed to show up at court hearings and refused to
provide supervisors with a key to the station.
claim officers have all but quit writing speeding tickets. Where in the
past the department issued approximately 100 tickets a month, nowadays
officers write about 10. In July, police wrote eight speeding tickets.
the department came to light at a meeting last month. The board has told
the police union it will disband the force rather than renew its
contract at the end of the year if their concerns are not addressed.
Kustron, who was attending her first supervisors meeting, told DeRosa,
“As far as I’m concerned, you’re a very angry person,” adding, “you
should maybe have a tempera ment class.” Resident Melisa Jones, also
attending her first meeting, said, “You’ve got a lot of people who are
concerned about (the police situation).” Jones suggested supervisors,
police and the union get a mediator to help iron out their differences.
Supervisors didn’t appear to be open to the idea.
Officer-in-Charge Robert Curdie said his fellow
officers and their union, Teamsters Local 205, “are all on the same page
as far as getting a contract”
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