Friday, September 11, 2009

Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse ...

UPDATE ~~ MPNNews reported in January 2009 : "Douglas Belasco, 46, of 563 Holmes Road, Greece, was charged Jan. 5 with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct after he allegedly followed a police officer, confronted him and used foul language, and was found to be wearing a loaded, concealed handgun."

Tonight, the D&C reports: "Police allege that they stopped Belasco after he gave an officer “the middle finger” and yelled an obscenity. During a stop, Belasco fought with police, causing some police to fall during the scuffle, the report alleges."

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Douglas Belasco Suing Greece, GPD For Tasing, Beating & Macing Him

Incident occured May 31, 2009 during routine traffic stop on Long Pond Rd.

"During the traffic stop, Belasco informed a Greece Police officer that he felt that the Greece PD was corrupt and that certain officers had made a mockery of the town through their interaction with the citizens of Greece that had resulted in the incarceration of certain Greece Police Officers."

WHEC.com

SCATS ~~ I was planning to reveal my identity soon, but on second thought ... ;)

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe this explains Mr L's detainment?

Anonymous said...

you'd really reveal your identity one day???

Anonymous said...

The Town of Greece is going to need its own stimulus package. What most residents don't know is that the Town is self-insured (that means they have no insurance policies against these kinds of lawsuits).

If all these aggrieved citizens win their cases, guess who will be paying the bill. You got it - WE WILL!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, 6:51. Your point is excellent. We, the voters of Greece, are being financially damaged by the poor decision of our elected officials. We are the ones who can demand a different set of decision makers come November. One of the new decisions ought to be to run the town in a business-like fashion, such as insuring against lawsuits, etc. Only those with a colossal ego (or lots of connections!) would assume they will never lose a lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

there are more lawsuits to come I'm willing to bet

Anonymous said...

Look at the comments left at the story source. Most of those people say he should have kept his mouth shut. Good advice but in lieu of that there is no authority the police have to beat someone that is "disrespectful" even if it is to some unknown officer in Greece that deserves respect.
They would be the same people that say that a girl in a short skirt asks for rape and a nagging woman is asking to be abused. No matter what he said unless it was shouting and lunging toward the police with threats could allow this kind of brutality.
And there is a law that prohibits us from having a club in our car for protection? Do we need a license for that? Plumbers beware.
And little league.
Probably that is why Mr L is staying on. But soon he will be here so long he will be absorbed and we will need someone new and fresh.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the town carry insurance for settled lawsuits?

SCATS said...

To 9:22AM ~~ My understanding is that the Town of Greece is self-insured. You & I get to pay the tab.

Anonymous said...

So you are automatically convicting the GPD of brutality in the court of public opinion without knowing all of the details. Sounds very similar to a story was all heard about the police and one of Obama's friends.

I don't understand your enjoyment at continually bashing the men and women who serve in our police department? Sounds politically motivated.

I guess Dan Maloney would just invite them over to town hall for a beer and a media hoto op and call it a day.

SCATS said...

To 9:46AM ~~ The complaintant's prior history has been reported here, as colorful as it is. I don't think people should be verbally challenging when stopped by the GPD. On the other hand, these guys need to toughen up and not get all out-of-control everytime some whackjob flips them the bird or starts to talk "tough" about their recent celebrity. Tasering 4 times, macing him and beating him seems a bit overboard. And since when is a "club" inside your car considered to be carrying a "weapon?" I wonder if it was a putter or a driver ...

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to taser SCATS. Then perhaps he would me more respectful.

Anonymous said...

To 10:42

Must be fun in your bedroom. But we all will pass.

Anonymous said...

This fool flips off the police, yells aggressive remarks, is pulled over, they find a weapon in his car, he resists and fights with the officers and they use appropriate force for the situtation and you're siding with this guy why?

You are why this guy feels he can act like this and then sue the police aftewards.

Why are you promoting this behavior? Might it be that you want to invite anarchy to serve your personal interests? You tell me.

A club is a weapon (they didn't report that it was a golf club, so nice try defending this idiot). Having a weapon like this in the backseat of your is illegal.

Again, why are you people so willing to defend and promote aggressive actions against our police officers? You are making yourselves part of the problem. Please, someone explain.

SCATS said...

To 10:42AM ~~ How do you know I haven't been??

YOU sound like one of the good ole boys ... er, I mean cops. You know, one of the unnamed 10 ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS, you said that you reported here about the guys "colorful past." I can't find it. Did you delete it? Colorful past makes it sound like he got a couple of speeding tickets. Is that all? Is he an innocent victim? Can you repost your report please. Thanks.

SCATS said...

To 12:48PM ~~ I don't see anyone here who has "PROMOTED AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR" towards the police.

At what point did ten men against one become "appropriate force?" That must be a concept taught only in police academy.

SCATS said...

To 12:52PM ~~ It's right there on the front of the BLOG ... it's even been put at the top of the entry since last night when it was posted ;)

Anonymous said...

This poor man. I agree with the more liberal thinkers here. People should be allowed to flip off the police and scream at them while wearing a gun (but we need to get rid of all guns) and with another weapon in their vehicle. Hopefully when the Democrats take over town government they can pass a law to allow all of this to occur freely and without fear of reaction. Then we can get the law passed at the state level so we can trash the state troopers and then at the federal level so we can get to do stuff like this to the FBI and the Secret Service. I love liberal thinking... it's so progressive.

Anonymous said...

You mean this fella's been charged with confronting police officers while carrying a gun earlier this year and you people here are siding with him? What the h3ll is wrong with you people here?

SCATS said...

To 12:58PM ~~ If Greece police are going to be permitted to nearly kill someone who shoots off their mouth, then God help us all. Belasco is undeniably rebellious in his actions. However, just like the bullies on the playground, ganging up to stop him and then ridiculing him isn't exactly "professional". Any cop who says it is, should probably be dismissed.

SCATS said...

To 1:01PM ~~ No one has "sided with" Belasco for his actions. Sadly, by over-reacting GPD has brought controversy to themselves once again.

SCATS said...

FYI ~~ According to a couple of cops I've talked to previously, using a taser is supposed to be a means to give the police a "window of opportunity" to bring an uncompliant person under control. If it takes mace and 4 taserings plus half a dozen officers or more to get one man under control, then perhaps they aren't doing something correctly on their end.

Nowhere is it stated that a person's political leaning has anything to do with how this situation was handled. This is an internal issue with procedures at the GPD that needs some review. I hope Loszynski is reading. I wonder why this incident didn't make its way into the weekly "Police Reports" section of the newspaper or come out via some other form of media in early June ... unless the GPD (or the Supervisor maybe?) didn't want us to know it happened ;)

Anonymous said...

So the accusations made by him have been confirmed as fact? Or are you forgetting to add the "if it's true" tagline at the end of your sentences?

SCATS said...

To 1:57PM ~~ Are you suggesting the entire incident is fabricated?

Just like you, I can go to the "extreme" to defend my argument ;)

Anonymous said...

we need to know the facts but members of the Greece police have been known to overreact.

As a younger cat myself, I was subject to some over reaction by the Greece Police. This was not however during Rahn's tenure.

Anonymous said...

SCATS makes a good point about this incident not making it into the media until a lawsuit got filed. That's so typical in this town! I was hopeful things had changed but I guess they didn't. While Belasco sounds like he's asking for trouble, do our cops have to get carried away when they give it to him? I'm scared to death of all of them now! Is that what they want? Fear from the public?

Anonymous said...

why didn't he go to the media when it happened? do you think he did and they deemed it unnewsworthy? I don't think so. I think he is an opportunist.

Anonymous said...

3:21- His lawyer told him not to, my guess.

Anonymous said...

for sure, the lawyer is as opportunistic as who she is representing. he cruises literally lookng for a beating...and she cruises for the likes of him.

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see. This will get settled out of court. With all the bad news created by gpd lately there's no way the town could defend itself entirely and win. Mark my words.

Anonymous said...

if they settle how many more bogus suits will be filed you think?

Anonymous said...

Theres gonna to be LOTS of lawsuits. This is the tip of the iceburg. We don't even know how many more cops will end up fired yet. Something must be delaying Lozynski's departure. Maybe more people came forward with incidents needing investigating.

Anonymous said...

who is his lawyer?
What do we know about her

SCATS said...

To 4:28PM ~~ Christina Agola ... if memory serves me, I believe she was the lawyer for Doug & Gary the Happy Pirates, back in the day! I love her quote in the D&C:

“I don’t consider myself an expert in these matters, but as a matter of common sense and logic, when the police exceed the necessary amount of force required, they should be held accountable,” said Belasco’s attorney, Christina Agola."

If MY lawyer said he/she wasn't an expert about MY case, I'd be finding a replacement ASAP!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Joe Moscato is right and we should get rid of the police department, or fold them into a metro force with the city. Maloney's talking about tree branches right now. Where's he on this issue? Tree branches shouldn't be more important that accusations of police brutality.

SCATS said...

To 11:29AM ~~ I don't believe that is Joe Moscato's position, to get rid of the PD.