Everyone's favorite cop at it again!

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Adam
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You would think since this is like the 3rd time he has been in the news for this they might take more consideration as to who they give out badges to?

http://www.wpxi.com/news/22017174/detail.html

Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Arrested For Domestic Violence

Posted: 10:29 pm EST December 19, 2009

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh Police Officer was arrested early Sunday morning at his home in Greenfield.

Sgt. Eugene Hlavac is accused of slapping his ex-girlfriend and dislocating her jaw during a domestic dispute outside his address.

His ex-girlfriend claims that the argument began after she arrived late to pick up their son.

In the police report, Hlavac is said to have visited her at the hospital. The victim reports that Hlavac told the doctor she fell down some stairs.

Later that evening, the victim went to police and gave them a different story.

Sgt. Hlavac was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and was released without bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on December 22.


sloaps
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Ah, the Critical Mass cop. He received training to manage his anger, then was promoted…


Kordite
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And he assaulted his ex-girlfriend previously as well. I figured we’d be hearing from him again.


erok
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he’s also the one that during his cprb hearing for how he treated critical mass he was listening to guns n roses on his ipod at full blast

a real professional


BradQ
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I remember that when I was in high school my dad passed along a bit of wisdom…

“Those bullies and meatheads in the hallways? Wait until you’re my age and they’re all cops.”


Mick
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he’s also the one that during his cprb hearing for how he treated critical mass he was listening to guns n roses on his ipod at full blast

a real professional

Well, D’uh.

Slash is one of the best guitarist around.


erok
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here’s the video from wqed if anyone wants a blast from the past

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6qWqU84h8


Willie
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I’m gonna puke.


joeframbach
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Thank you for that link.

Unfortunately I will be in Colorado this Friday.


sloaps
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O.M.G. the modernettes!


erok
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he’s a real class act – very level headed. i remember people saying that the other cops were telling him to calm down


dmtroyer
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dude…. does nathan brubaker that was in the video read this blog? he was my mac genius the other night the apple store. dude, where’s my macbook pro??? :-)


erok
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here’s an update:

so far, charge reduced to simple assault from aggravated assault

http://www.wpxi.com/news/22017174/detail.html


Willie
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Must be nice getting special treatment.


Mick
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charge reduced to simple assault from aggravated assault

Sote taht simple assault is a misdemeanor and aggravated assault a felony.

I’m guessing that this will allow us to continue to enjoy service and protection from Mr Hlavac. Merry Christmas!


Willie
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Bah humbug!!!!!


Adam
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I am just going to keep my “pseudo-mouth” shut at this point, because I’d probably get kicked off the board if I vented my actual thoughts about that prick.


Swalfoort
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The papers today say that he has been suspended. One of the papers said that he was suspended pending termination. I think it has to do with his previously scheduled use of vacation time around the holidays.

Did anyone else pick up on the fact that the woman he is accused of assaulting is only 23? She’s almost 20 years younger than he is.

That age difference may make him feel virile. It makes him all the more creepy to me.


edmonds59
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They can’t possibly make this guy unemployed soon enough. I just hope to god someone is taking into consideration some means of making sure this idiot doesn’t climb a building with a rifle. Thought of that? Forget creepy, F**king scary.


Nick D
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-t3iC1_G0

Listen to what Dan O’hara says. Is it just me, or is there a bit of hostility there?


edmonds59
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Sure. He’s the president of a “fraternal order” with deep streams of racism, misogyny, and general derision of the public who pays their salaries. I know, I’m related by marriage to a cop. Hear him stress “women’s groups…”? His title may as well be “Grand Dragon”.


BradQ
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Both of those idiots are embarrassments to the vast majority of police officers that are actual humans doing their best to protect the public.


edmonds59
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Mmm, romantic idealism. It’s been my experience that the vast majority of human beings are idiots who are embarrassments to the species, and police officers reflect that cross section. Only a thimblefull of humanity represents the best of the species. Ha, Christmas is over, kids!


anthony
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Wait… So this ex-girlfriend is 23 years old.. How old is their lovechild?


erok
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looks like the kid is 3, he’s 41


StuInMcCandless
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So, simple math, he was 38ish, she half that, when they created the kid. No data on how much practice they had beforehand. Can you say cradlerobbing?


Swalfoort
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He’s history, unless the police review board or some other entity works its magic. He was fired yesterday, according to the papers today.


caitlin
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its official:

MEDIA ADVISORY

MAYOR STATEMENT ON TERMINATION OF SERGEANT EUGENE HLAVAC

(PITTSBURGH) January 7, 2010 Public Safety Director Michael Huss today terminated Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Eugene Hlavac following an internal investigation into his Dec. 19th arrest in which he was charged with the crime of aggravated assault for dislocating the jaw of his former girlfriend.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today issued the following statement:

“Officer Hlavac was suspended following his arrest, and a thorough internal OMI investigation was conducted. Investigators interviewed witnesses and heard Mr. Hlavac’s account of the story. Mr. Hlavac was also given the opportunity to explain the incident to Public Safety Director Michael Huss. In this case, the evidence revealed by the internal investigation speaks for itself and Mr. Hlavac has been officially terminated effective today. Our zero-tolerance domestic abuse policy has worked to protect the public from those who are placed in positions of trust, and abuse that trust.

Most all of our City employees do great work on behalf of the residents, and it is a shame that the actions of a few, affect the good work of the whole. One of my main duties as Mayor is to make sure that residents feel safe in the presence of all City employees, be it an officer, a Citiparks employee, a school crossing guard, a firefighter, or a snow plow truck operator. Tomorrow, I will be introducing to City Council an ordinance which expands our zero-tolerance domestic abuse policy to all City employees.

It is my goal to maintain and continue to build a reliable and quality workforce. In April of 2008, I implemented the City’s first-ever policy for pre-employment and promotional background investigations. We are in productive discussions with the City’s fire union and will soon be implementing mandatory drug testing for City firefighters.

Domestic abuse is a crime, and by expanding our zero-tolerance policy Citywide, implementing mandatory background investigations on City employees, and conducting drug tests on City firefighters, we are restoring the public’s trust and confidence in the good work that our employees perform each and every day in our neighborhood streets.”

Date: Jan. 7, 2009

Contact: Joanna Doven

412-255-2694

(cell) 412-475-2387


dwillen
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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10270/1090746-100.stm

He is back on the force without losing any seniority. Full back pay from the date he was terminated, plus benefits. Wow…so much for all that tough talk and zero tolerance crap.


StuInMcCandless
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All abuse issues aside, if I was a city taxpayer, I’d be really pissed off about the full back pay. How did they authorize all that, again?

Nine months of salary and benefits would have painted how many miles of sharrows?


joeframbach
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Jesus Fucking Christ how does this happen? In other news, a cop took the cruiser to a charity car wash and was fired. http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/sep/22/facebook-photos-lead-moncks-corner-police-officers/

If he had tased someone or shot a dog, he would’ve kept his job.


Willie
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Man I’m so tired of reading stories about cops getting away with shit like this. And what really bothers me are the ones i read about some families poor dog being gunned down by some trigger happy asshole cop. I honestly feel less safe when the police are near me. Never know when I might get hassled for just standing there. Just ask that girl that got beat during the G-20 because she didn’t move her bike fast enough how safe she feels around cops.


StuInMcCandless
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What am I missing about arbitration? From what I know, all bets are off. It’s behind closed doors, off the record. *Anything* can get talked about, no gotta-do-it-this-ways, no rules, nothing. There had to be an arbitrator on the city’s side, too, right?

Where’s the backbone here? Why can’t s/he start with an unfaltering “We Don’t Owe You A Damn Thing, We’re Not Giving You A Damn Thing, Just Be Happy You’re Getting Your Job Back, Take It Or Leave It”?

They could have saved the city soooo much here.


Mick
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I dunno. He was acquitted of assault.

I’m not sure how that acquittal happened – I can guess, but it’s just a guess. Can’t fire a unionized employee because of a guess.


reddan
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My confusion is due to the mayor’s office press release. They sure as heck seem to be saying that his employment was terminated as a result of an internal investigation; the outcome of a subsequent criminal hearing should have no bearing on that termination.

If he’d been suspended without pay while the hearing was underway, I’d be okay with this outcome. But he _was_ fired, unless the press release was flat-out wrong.

Something smells. And I’d love to hear what Mayor Luke’s office has to say about this…


dwillen
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Summary of articles from his trial:

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/video/23200101/detail.html – april 19, 2010

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10110/1051852-53.stm – april 20, 2010

http://kdka.com/local/Eugene.Hlavac.trial.2.1644858.html – april 20, 2010

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_677374.html – april 21, 2010

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10112/1052389-53.stm – april 22, 2010

He was found “not guilty” (though he calls himself innocent) based on the testimony of a witness across the street who said he was acting in self defense. When they went to the ER he told them she fell down the stairs and was real clumsy so she probably hit a wall. At his trial, I guess to jibe with what some witness says, he said he was acting in self defense. The DA asked if him if her jaw became dislocated after it ran into his fist. He said she dislocated it when she was attacking him. The one article said the witness who lives across the street didn’t know the guy, and didn’t know he was a cop at the time. I find this very difficult to believe, seeing as he was wearing a police uniform at the time. Not a very perceptive witness if you ask me. The whole thing sounds fishy as hell.


joeframbach
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311 submission, if it matters at all.

Eugene Hlavac was fired from the city police force 9 months ago, but was recently acquitted of the domestic violence charge which brought the investigation. Hlavac has a long history of excessive force against cyclists and his ex-girlfriend. Mayor Ravenstahl said on January 7 2010, “Our zero-tolerance domestic abuse policy has worked to protect the public from those who are placed in positions of trust, and abuse that trust.”

Hlavac, and all state personnel, should be held to higher standards. The internal investigation and the court proceedings should hold no bearing on each other. The internal investigation found that Hlavac was unfit for duty through the “zero-tolerance domestic abuse policy” of the city. The acquittal is a separate civil proceeding and does not hold the weight to reverse a zero-tolerance policy.

Hlavac has done much to tarnish the reputation of the city police. By returning him to the force, you are slapping your constituents in the face.

These proceedings smell of wrongdoing. I, and others, would like a personal response to this action.


joeframbach
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I just noticed I mistook “civil” for “criminal”. Whoops.


Lyle
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Well, he *was* acquitted. That has to count for something. In general, I think if you lose your job because you’re accused of a crime, that you should get some compensation if you’re acquitted.

Maybe he shouldn’t have been acquitted, but that’s a different issue.


StuInMcCandless
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This is why I am not a lawyer. Or an arbitrator.

People in non-represented positions would/could have been told to take a hike, if there was even a HINT of wrong-doing, even if innocent. “Yeah, sure, you’re innocent, you’re fired anyway, and have fun trying to find work in your field with your history. KMAGYOYO”

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