Thursday, October 26, 2000

Outside agency to probe police actions

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — City officials are turning to an outside law- enforcement agency to investigate the possibility that Lebanon police officers may have used excessive force in their handling of an incident early Sunday.

        Details of the event remain sketchy, but Lebanon resident Tom Miller, a former Lebanon council member, said he understands that police officers may have acted inappropriately when responding to a party on Camargo Court after a complaint.

        “I have heard that there is an alleged case of police bru tality,” Mr. Miller said. “What I understand happened is that the homeowner was pulled out of the house, thrown on the ground and beaten with billy clubs and fists.”

        Mr. Miller said the homeowner is his nephew, Chad Everitt. Mr. Miller was not at the party.

        John Lloyd, Mr. Everitt's attorney, said he is reviewing what happened and could not comment on the matter. Mr. Everitt could not be reached Wednesday.

Council's directive

        In a brief statement, City Council said it intends to direct the city administration to use an outside independent agency to thoroughly and comprehensively investigate the matter.

        It is not known what agency will do the investigation.

        “While we are unable to comment on the merits of these allegations, if any,” the statement read. “We would like to take this opportunity to assure all of you that allegations of this nature are treated very seriously by this council. We would also emphasize that council is firmly committed to ensure that all of our employees remain deserving of your respect, trust and confidence.”

        Council members said they could not comment on the issue during the progress of the investigation, on the advice of City Attorney Mark Yurick.


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