very early on, in the original initial phase of my civil rights representation and litigation efforts in Warren, arising out of the Lyndal Kimble case that went national ...in the midsummer that same year,
I was already sensing and knew that the issues in Warren were NOT isolated instances of police misconduct or merely the case of one individual bad act by a set of particular few bad officers
the problem I saw there, from the start, had a depth that I had never quite seen before, even though I had been involved directly and personally in the original DOJ Civil Rights consent decree 14141 investigation into Steubenville Ohio
the Warren issues were extremely serious, deep and long term in terms of what the citizenry of that larger eastern Ohio city had been subjected to by its very rough and heavy handed police department, led by a Greek police chief who was running things in town as if he were the local gestapo head instead of a modern era American city police administrator
Instantly these views were communicated up the chain to the DOJ in person in August of that same month as the Kimble case continue to shed its broad light across a forgotten steel and car manufacturing town on the northeastern quadrant of Ohio near the Mahoning Valley.
Since it was so close to Youngstown, Ohio, its sister city well known for its own complex and oftentimes mobbed up local officials and enjoying such a rep....this area and region was not exactly a normative city or area to focus a sole plaintiff's civil rights litigation strategy on alone.
The public comments posted here, are noted, in view of the public comments made by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and the Chief of the DOJ Civil Rights Division for the U.S. out of DC about the origins of the investigation into Warren, which began officially by them, in 2004.
Early into the mix, I knew that we were facing a serious patterned problem of serial local pd civil rights violations on par with anything that had triggered the original 14141 investigations into Pittsburgh and Steubenville.