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Two Off-Duty Cops Involved in High Speed Chase “Punished” with Suspensions and Community Service

Back in May of last year, two off-duty Ohio cops that were caught driving 77 in a 35 mph zone refused to pull over and led police on a high-speed chase into a residential neighborhood. Eventually, they were stopped after they made a wrong turn and pulled into a private driveway.

It was at that point that the Fairlawn police officers pursuing them recognized them as Officers Justin Herstich and Brandon Foster, also of the Fairlawn Police Department. Instead of being arrested, beaten, and/or murdered for running from the police, they were simply allowed to leave, apparently without even having to get out of their vehicle.

Later, Officer Hertisch, who was driving at the time, was charged with failure to comply with the orders or signal of a police officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, and speeding. Of course, by the time it went to trial those charges had been “amended” to one single charge of obstructing official business. Officer Foster, the passenger, received his Policeman’s Discount right away and was not charged at all.

Last week, they officially received their “punishment.” Via News5Cleveland:

Two Fairlawn police officers, who were off-duty when they led on-duty officers on a high-speed chase, have been suspended without pay, according to law director Bryan Nace.

Officer Justin Herstich was suspended for 45 days, but 15 days were held in abeyance. He began serving the suspension this week.

Officer Brandon Foster was handed a 15-day suspension, but 10 of those days were held in abeyance.

In addition, Herstich cannot be a training officer or an officer in charge for one year. Foster can’t take on either of those roles for a period of nine months.

“There’s an economic aspect here that hits them in the pocketbook, but I also I think it sends a message that you can’t have this type of lack of judgment even when your off duty,” Nace told News 5…

Herstich faced traffic charges for speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with willful fleeing.

The fleeing charge was reduced to obstructing official business, according to Akron Municipal Court. The officer was found guilty on the amended charge and given community service.

So yeah, I have no doubt that Nace is correct that that thirty day suspension and community service that Herstich got, along with the five days without pay Foster had to suffer through, for something anyone else would have been facing felony charges over will serve as a loud and very clear warning to them and everyone in that department that they can’t just get away with this sort of thing. Not to mention the look of disappointment over their “bad lack of judgment” he reportedly gave them the day after their little high-speed adventure.

That’ll show ’em.

Dashcam Video of the Chase

Local News Coverage

First Amendment Audit: Fresno, CA Police Apologize To Cop Blockers

This video and the accompanying post were shared with NVCopBlock by “Nasty” Nathanial Thomas, via the Nevada Cop Block Submissions Page. Nathanial has been featured several times previously on NVCopBlock.org. Those posts can be viewed here, here, and here.

Date of Interaction: January 24, 2016
Department involved: Fresno Police Department
Department Address: 2323 Mariposa St, Fresno, CA 93721
Department Phone Number: (559) 621-7000

Howdy folks,

How are all of my fellow Cop Blockers doing out there? Nasty Nathanial here with you all. I still have not set up a WordPress account yet so I can start writing for Cop Block full time. I am actually preparing to head off to Manila and begin the “Life On The Beat With Nasty Nathanial: Cop Block World Tour“. Let’s see how cops in other countries treat their citizens.

But before I share the story behind this latest Cop Block submission of mine, I would first like to thank legendary activist/filmmaker Brian Sumner for encouraging me to film the police and for encouraging me to write about it and for always posting my material. A big THANK YOU for that.

Anyways, last month I found myself in beautiful Fresno, California, one of America’s finest cities. The purpose of this visit was to spend a few days with my good friend, activist and filmmaker Brian Sumner, and the rest of the Fresno Cop Block crew to do some police filming. I enjoy spending time with these guys. They are great people who are passionate about what they do.

While cruising around the city in my little Fiat, which is becoming the Cop Block Mobile, we came upon a squad car parked in front of a residence on Olive Street. As we were preparing to go check this out, we noticed more squad cars heading into a residential neighborhood. At the speed they were traveling we figured they had to be in a hurry to get to wherever they were going. So we decided to head in their direction and see what was going on.

Nasty-Nate-CSISoon we found ourselves approaching what we would later learn was a crime scene. It became apparent that a shooting had taken place as the police were searching for shell casings. I parked my Fiat down the street and we all got out and began heading over towards where all these police vehicles were parked. As soon as the officers saw us approaching they began doing the ol’ shine their flashlights in our lenses. This is typical of officers when they see Cop Blockers. As Brian began explaining that we had a right to be there and to film, one of the officers began yelling out to us that we were walking in a crime scene. Well, if that was the case, than why didn’t this dumb shit, or any of the other officers on the scene, bother to put up crime scene tape and seal off the area? That is a reasonable question don’t you think?

But here is where I give credit where credit is due. The sergeant on the scene immediately stepped up to plate and apologized to us. You can hear him in the video say that their failure to seal off the area was entirely their fault. Wow. It is not too often that you hear the police admit when they have done something wrong.

Now as professional as this police sergeant may have been acting at this particular moment, it makes me wonder how he would have responded if we were not filming. Say we were not Cop Blockers and just some curious bystanders that wanted to check out what the police were doing. Or somebody who actually lives on that street and was just trying to get home after a long, hard day at work. Professionalism would most likely have gone out the door and we would have been treated like second class citizens.

So the point of writing this is to make light of the fact the camera can be used as a weapon. I don’t mean a weapon as a means of hurting or killing anybody. But instead as a means of putting the police in check. I believe that the camera is the objective record and the police are either going to shape up and act professional, like they should always be or they are going to continue to act like jerks. Either way, the camera is there to capture it all and the camera doesn’t lie.

So while I leave you all with that final thought, I look forward to receiving responses from everybody, including the Cop Block haters. To be honest, it’s the haters’ responses that I most look forward to. Although I love to be complimented, the haters seem to give the most entertaining responses. Until next time, may the force be with you. Happy trails.

– Nasty Nathanial

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