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Pa. Cop Faces Harassment Charge for Punching Chief

September 11, 2012  | 

A West Reading (Pa.) Police officer faces a harassment charge, after he repeatedly punched his chief during a closed-door argument.

Officer Ronald Ladd and Chief Edward Fabriziani have been on paid leave since the Aug. 31 altercation. Chief Fabriziani had questioned Officer Ladd about his handling of a call.

Officer Ladd was dispatched to back up Officer Thomas Hawn on a call about a man who had violated a protection-from-abuse order. Hawn decided not to pursue the matter because he didn't feel like beginning paperwork on a Friday, sources said. Ladd disagreed with that decision and went to Fabriziani, who sided with Hawn, reports the Reading Eagle.

Tags: Police Chiefs, Pennsylvania, Physical Confrontations, Officer Misconduct


Comments (9)

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Bob@Az. @ 9/11/2012 7:18 PM

Gee, didn't want to start paperwork on a Friday? On a abuse beef? hawn & fabriziani should be axed for failure to act. Officer Ladd should be used as an example of an Officer who does his job and protects the victim. Hey, it's Friday and I don't want to submit any paperwork 'cause it won't be acted on 'til Monday? F**kin' sad. Blues, watch your six.

Laura @ 9/11/2012 9:07 PM

Man violates a protection order and has an open warrant for his arrest (per Reading Eagle) and Officer Hawn does nothing because it's Friday? I agree with Bob that Hawn & Chief Fabriziani both are an embarrassment to all good officers who try to do their best and need to be fired. Officer Ladd shouldn't have been physical with the Chief but I can understand his loosing his cool.

Jason @ 9/12/2012 6:16 AM

Make the arrest. It doesn't matter if it's Fri. or Mon., just do your job. Second, always act civilized. If someone can't control themselves (either Fabriziani or Ladd) then they have no business being in law enfrocement. We are expected to keep our cool while dealing with the public, we should keep our cool while dealing with each other.

Robert @ 9/12/2012 6:46 AM

Lazy cops need to find new employment. Who cares if it’s Friday, do your job. I hope both the chief and Hawn are written up for failure to act to their call of duty!!!

M @ 9/12/2012 4:24 PM

I don't see anywhere in the article that Ladd stepped up to the plate either. Obvioulsy we weren't there and do not know all the details, but at the end, if the subject needed to be arrested, Ladd should have stepped in. I beleive all the officers are at fault.

KC @ 9/12/2012 4:45 PM

I just love these Jerry Springer cases. Bet there is a trailer house involved in this somehow.

John Russell @ 9/13/2012 2:05 PM

Never heard this before--do this in MILITARY and your A would be grass ..guaranteed!

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/14/2012 3:48 AM

He should be in jail on assault/battery charges depending how that state classifies the charge. I would think assault againt a peace officer would apply too as well.

dennis_macomber @ 10/28/2012 7:08 PM

I believe the officer showed the height of lazieness and should be
fired just like any job. Don't do it don't get paid. dennis macomber

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