Friday, June 24, 2011

Good riddance dean donutfucker

This news is long overdue. During his entire tenure as pig chief in
providence dean has been the one who had singled me out for legal
harassment, be it direct or proxy, during his entire tenure as chief,
and if one still doubts this check my BCI and you will notice my entire
legal troubles occurred during his tenure as chief, all because my
stepfamily in Greenwich and fairfield county accepted bribes from him
and his coworkers when he was Stamford pig chief. Though others
suffered worse has he gutted the Providence police, like he did the
Stamford police, be it homeless people arrested for disorderly conduct,
people having medical problems on the street being charged with failure
to move, women asking men out on a date being arrested for prostitution,
etc. I had to bear the brunt of it. Interestingly enough nobody
mentions how dean let that same daughter drink cocktails at the Biltmore
on November 2, 2010 which I witnessed, and yet nobody said anything
there, yet they made a big deal over this party. The timing of this
could not be better, notice the date of the resignation, the 7 year
anniversary of my first victory as a Pro se Litigant, and the date of
the party, the 10 year anniversary of Leila's murder, and it is good to
see dean get a taste of his own medicine. I even wonder if the sheeple
noticed the headline on yesterday's paper below this headline, how
chafee appointed someone who runs a kids gulag in glocester to be the
new dcyf director. All the same this is long overdue and occured
because of sheep in the public who allowed it to happen and only ended
because of those who never quit.
Peter Z


Esserman suddenly resigns as Providence police chief
04:01 PM EDT on Thursday, June 23, 2011

By Amanda Milkovits

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After nearly 8½ years heading the state’s largest
police department, Police Chief Dean M. Esserman suddenly announced
Wednesday that he was resigning.

The decision was his, Esserman said in a hastily arranged news
conference at the Providence Public Safety Complex. A controversy over
underage drinking at a party celebrating his daughter’s graduation from
La Salle Academy had become a “distraction,” he said.

“I love this Police Department. I’ve come to love this city. And I also love my family,” Esserman said. “… But this has become a distraction, a distraction in my home, a distraction for me, and a distraction for this Police Department.”

Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare said that he hadn’t asked for
Esserman’s resignation, nor did he find anything in his evaluation of
the party that would cause the chief’s dismissal. Pare said no rules or
laws were broken.

“He’s a great leader,” Pare said. “We’ll move on. This agency is bigger than any individual.”

Esserman’s decision surprised many officers. He had survived a
no-confidence vote from the police union, criticism over his abrasive
leadership style and attacks on his salary and benefits. Three of last
year’s four mayoral candidates said that they would fire him.

Taveras was the only one who withheld judgment. After evaluating the
department this spring, the mayor decided to keep Esserman, crediting
him with improving the department, rooting out political interference
and establishing a community-based approach to policing. But unlike
former Mayor David N. Cicilline, Taveras didn’t offer him a contract.

Esserman said he’ll stay until June 30. It’s also the last day for 75
officers who received layoff notices. All are facing losing their jobs
in the city’s financial crisis, unless the city and police union can
reach $6 million in concessions.

Esserman didn’t mention the layoffs as a factor in his decision to
leave. It was personal. It was about his family. And, he said, it was
time.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” he said. “We’ve come a long way in eight years. It’s time for somebody else.”

Cicilline appointed Esserman in January 2003. The ex-prosecutor and
former police chief in Connecticut and New York walked into a department
in turmoil.

The department had been rocked by revelations in the federal corruption
trial of then-Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. that a former police chief had
helped some officers cheat on their promotions.

Gilda Hernandez pins the badge on her husband, Dean Esserman, after he
was sworn in as Providence police chief in 2003 as then Mayor David N.
Cicilline looks on.

Journal Files / MARY MURPHY

There was scandal and division among officers and mistrust from the
community. Complaints of brutality, civil-rights violations and
allegations of misuse of federal funds drew the attention of the U.S.
Department of Justice. And the department closed itself off from working
with other agencies and organizations.

In eight years, Esserman brought community policing to every
neighborhood, assigned detectives to investigate the cheating scandal,
beefed up units investigating gangs, guns and internal affairs. He
introduced computer mapping of crimes, so the police could evaluate what
was happening in the city and prevent crimes, and opened the department
up to partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, organizations
and schools.

The crime rate began to fall, longstanding drug markets vanished, and
even murders plummeted. The department drew national attention for its
crime-prevention initiatives and community-centered approach. Last fall,
the department and Roger Williams University won a federal grant to
establish the first educational institute for law enforcement in New
England.

But the department also endured scandal — four officers were caught up
in a state police investigation into a drug ring last year, a detective
was convicted of assaulting a handcuffed man this year.

And Esserman’s temper and brusque style blistered colleagues and
underlings, and alienated some city leaders. Some were celebratory when
they learned of his resignation. Others were stunned.

In Upper South Providence, the director of the Davey Lopes Recreation
Center said he was disappointed. “Dean Esserman has been very good for
Providence,” said George Lindsey, “and I don’t care what anyone says, at
the end of the day, if you live in the city, you recognize the
difference from before Esserman came and now.”

In Washington, D.C., Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police
Executive Research Forum, said the chief’s work gave Providence national
recognition.

“The Providence Police Department is a different place today than it was 8½ years ago,” said Wexler. “He came in at a time of turmoil, accusations and questions … and 8½ years later, the Providence Police Department is a better place, and the community is a safer place.”

As for the recent controversy, Wexler said, “When you’re a change agent,
you’re under attack all the time. Your whole life becomes an open book.”

When Taveras became mayor, Esserman’s contract expired and his future
was uncertain.

In February, he was suspended for one day without pay after an incident
involving a sergeant who was having a coughing fit while Esserman was
addressing officers at a training session. Witnesses said Esserman
cursed and threatened to throw a cup of coffee in the sergeant’s face.

This month, as the city began handing layoff notices to 75 new officers,
Councilman Michael J. Correia asked Esserman in a letter to “be a man of
his word” and resign. The letter said that Esserman had announced on two
occasions that he would volunteer to leave before pink slips were given
to any of his officers.

Then came the graduation party June 10 at his East Side home.

Esserman said that he and his 27-year-old son were chaperoning the party
when young people started suddenly arriving late. He said he discovered
some of them drinking alcohol, and he and his son ordered everyone to
leave. Some ran off with alcohol.

Esserman said he called Pare that night to tell him what happened.

Some criticized his handling of the party, including the head of the
Rhode Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who asserted that
he should have called the police to disperse the crowd. Pare said he
would evaluate the incident.

Pare said Wednesday that he hadn’t finished his evaluation when Esserman
handed him his resignation.

“I’m sure a lot of things played in his mind about why he should resign,” Pare said. “There are a lot of things happening in the Providence Police Department.”

Esserman said he was taking responsibility for what happened at his
house. “You’ve got to believe this was my decision,” he said. “You have
to believe I made this decision because it’s become a distraction.”

Neither he, nor Pare would explain why the party was a distraction.

Pare said the chief’s resignation, coming in the middle of restructuring
and all-but-certain layoffs, was “challenging,” but didn’t leave the
department in chaos.

And then, the mayor’s director of communications shut off questions.

-- With staff reports from Alisha A. Pina and Thomas J. Morgan

TIMELINE: Esserman’s trajectory

Jan. 10, 2003: Mayor David N. Cicilline announces hiring of Esserman,
“the best police chief in America.”

Jan. 24, 2004: Esserman announces conclusion of probe of Police
Department promotional-testing scandal. He moves to discipline at least
two active officers and strip pensions from two former officers.

April 16, 2005: Robbery suspects shoots and kills Detective James L.
Allen with Allen’s gun at police headquarters.

October 2005: Esserman announces he will be treated for colon cancer.

Jan. 22, 2007: Mayor and chief say major crime has hit a 30-year low,
thanks, in large part, to community policing.

Feb. 16, 2007: Cicilline renews Esserman’s employment contract for
another 4 years.

June 14, 2009: Police union votes no confidence in Esserman. Members
cite his abrasiveness, harping on past police corruption and
dressing-down of officers in public.

March 4, 2010: State police arrest 3 Providence officers involved in a
drug ring.

Sept. 27, 2010: $474,566 federal grant announced to establish regional
law-enforcement training and research institute, to be based at Roger
Williams University and Police Department.

Dec. 1, 2010: Mayor-elect Angel Taveras announces hiring of former state
police Col. Steven M. Pare as public safety commissioner. Action reduces
stature and power of chief.

Feb. 7, 2011: Esserman serves one-day suspension because he threatened
to throw cup of coffee in face of sergeant.

April 12, 2011: Taveras says he will retain Esserman.

June 10, 2011: Esserman breaks up graduation party for daughter in
family backyard after he said he realized that minors were drinking
alcohol.

June 13, 2011: Pare says he is evaluating incident.

Compiled by Gregory Smith from Journal archives

amilkovi@projo.com

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