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Embattled EL cop dropped from force

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EAST LIVERPOOL — An embattled city police officer is no longer with the department as of 5:01 p.m. Thursday.

Christopher Green had been on paid administrative leave since March 12 during an internal investigation into his handling of a call involving former city safety-service director Brian Allen and his family in late February.

As a result of a public records request, city officials promptly provided documentation that detailed over two dozen violations of the city’s policy manual, including dishonesty, discourteous treatment of the public and gross misconduct.

Green signed a notice Thursday along with current Safety-Service Director David Dawson, acknowledging receipt of his walking papers after Green declined to participate in a predisciplinary conference on June 11. The city had been notified of his waiver pursuant to the Fraternal Order of Police’s union with the city. The letter detailed how “this waiver shall not be construed as a waiver of, or in any way limit, his rights to file a grievance contesting the city’s disciplinary decision under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.” Joel D. Glasser, general counsel for the FOP and Ohio Labor Council, said Green continues to deny being guilty of the misconduct allegations as well as the factual allegations.

A 21-page investigative report by East Liverpool police Captain Darin Morgan, who was assigned to conduct the internal probe, cited a variety of Green’s misconduct, which included dishonesty and retaliation against other officers.

Police Chief John Lane was interviewed along with many of the department’s officers and detailed that the only time he would hear

of policy violation complaints from Green against other officers was when he was in trouble. This included Green’s complaint filed in December 2019 against Capt. Chad Tatgenhorst, which was a month after Mayor Greg Bricker defeated Allen’s boss as mayor and Tatgenhorst had documented concerns about another dog bite.

Lane responded to Morgan’s request for the investigative documents: “At the time this was forwarded to me, I could see no validity to any of the complaints listed. I believe this to be a parting shot to try and create more drama at the (police department),” according to Morgan’s report.

Throughout the investigation, Green complained about “how he was being targeted or being treated unfairly by his supervisors and how he reported policy violations of other officers that have gone unnoticed.”

In addition to allegations being levied against Green for his treatment of Nero, which appeared to be unfounded, there were concerns expressed by Morgan about how effective Green could be as a police officer due to the serious offenses.

“The sworn testimony of a police officer is an essential part of his duties. A documented case of dishonesty can be used in court whenever the officer takes the stand, bringing their credibility into question and potentially disqualifying them as a witness…. Given the conduct described and the numerous policy violations, I do not see how Chris Green can continue to serve as an officer of the East Liverpool Police Department.”

His last assignment had been as school resource officer for the East Liverpool City School District, overseeing all schools but LaCroft Elementary.

Back in May 2017, Green had gained notoriety nationally after he allegedly accidentally overdosed during a drug call. Green said that within an hour of brushing some white powder off his uniform shirt, he had been rendered unconscious and had to receive multiple doses of Narcan to be revived. He alleged the drug had been fentanyl, news coverage explained.

Within two years, Green then had Nero and an invitation from U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson to then-President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Both recovering addicts and toxiologists with expertise in opioids continue to dismiss the assertion of his overdose to this day, saying the chances of somebody overdosing by fentanyl in that matter are slim to none.

sujhelyi@reviewonline.com

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