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Montgomery must aid investigation of former fire official's car crash, judge rules

Montgomery’s police department must turn over internal records to the county’s inspector general, who is examining how police handled a four-car pileup involving a high-ranking fire official, a judge ruled Thursday.

Inspector General Thomas Dagley’s office has been trying for more than a year to assess an internal police examination of the department’s handling of the case of assistant fire chief Gregory J. DeHaven.

DeHaven, who was later dismissed, was found to have had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit but was not cited for any alcohol-related offenses. Two officers have sued the county to prevent Dagley from getting information from the police department about its internal investigation, which found no wrongdoing by the officers.

Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Mason said Dagley’s office was entitled to receive the records, brushing aside officers’ concerns that the police department’s internal affairs investigation files are confidential personnel records that should not be made available to the inspector general.

Martha Handman, an attorney for Sgt. Ed Shropshire and Capt. Willie Parker-Loan, said she wants to study Mason’s ruling and consult with her clients before deciding whether to appeal. If there is an appeal, Dagley’s office would be prevented from obtaining the records until the appeal is concluded, said Edward Lattner of the county attorney’s office.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 26, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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Wow, BAC of over twice the legal limit and no charges. Seems to me that some other officers should be fired after this investigation.

Posted by: netsurf12 | March 26, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

if there was no wrong doing by the police why would 2 officers sue to keep the report closed? Something smells here

Posted by: dnicewarner | March 26, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Isn't the classic line from the police, "if you didn't do anything wrong you have nothing to hide?" I guess it's time to hold them to their own standards, if they do have something to hide, then they must have done something wrong.

Posted by: paul5301 | March 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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