Sunday, November 06, 2016
Berlin Police Take ‘Corrective Action’ After Complaint Filed Against Officer
BERLIN – Ronshell Shockley was sitting on a picnic table in Henry Park, watching her son’s basketball game with her husband and a friend, when she saw a police officer approaching. Judging by his purposeful walk, she figured he was there to arrest someone — until he stopped in front of her.
“I said ‘hi there,’” she recalled this week. “He said ‘you need to sit on the bench the right way.’”
Though surprised by the abrupt admonishment, Shockley told him she didn’t realize she’d been breaking a park rule by sitting on the top of the picnic table. When her husband, Ernest Shockley, questioned the officer’s behavior, she said they were told to leave the park.
“He said ‘leave or you’re going to be arrested,’” Ronshell Shockley said.
That was June 30. Four months and several phone calls later, Shockley received a letter from the Berlin Police Department advising her that a violation of police department policy had occurred and corrective action had been taken.
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