Akron police chief asked to resign amid accusations of misconduct, Mayor Dan Horrigan says

Mayor Dan Horrigan asked Nice to resign Sunday after the unspecified misconduct was brought to his attention, the mayor said Monday at a press conference. The allegations against Nice include conduct unbecoming of an officer, inappropriate contact with a city employee and potential criminal misconduct, Horrigan said.

Nice tendered his resignation Sunday afternoon. The mayor appointed Major Kenneth Ball as interim chief.

The allegation of conduct unbecoming of an officer relates to comments Nice made regarding an investigation into his nephew, Horrigan said. The mayor declined to provide specifics, but he noted that Nice is accused of making disrespectful remarks about other city employees.

“Making derogatory remarks about fellow officers and personnel crosses a line that’s easily seen by the public, and I won’t stand for it,” Horrigan said.

The mayor would not comment on any of the other allegations against Nice.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The allegations were “made casually” to an unnamed member of the police department Friday evening, Ball said during the news conference. The police department employee relayed those accusations to Ball.

Ball notified other police department supervisors, who informed the city’s law department and the mayor’s office. Horrigan learned of the accusations Saturday evening and asked Nice to resign the next day, the mayor said.

Ball criticized his former boss while saying other members of the department are not accused of misconduct.

“It’s an embarrassment,” Ball said. “It doesn’t meet the standards of the Akron Police Department.”

Nice behaved professionally in front of his fellow officers, Ball noted.

The mayor’s office notified Akron City Council members of the misconduct allegations on Sunday, Ward 5 council representative Tara Mosley-Samples said after the press conference. The mayor’s office did not offer additional details of the allegations, she said.

Mosley-Samples declined to speculate on any potential misconduct, but she said she is eager to learn the results of the investigation.

“We’ll need to give the prosecutors an opportunity to do their jobs,” she said.

Nice’s resignation is not related to the Friday death of Xavier McMullen, Horrigan said during the news conference. The 17-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound to his head while in custody in the back of a police cruiser. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a suicide on Monday.

McMullen was detained in connection with a robbery, and officers heard a gunshot shortly after they placed the teen in a police cruiser, police said. They found a gun near McMullen, police said.

Detectives, the police department’s office of professional standards and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the shooting.

 

Evan MacDonald, , cleveland.com, “Akron police chief asked to resign amid accusations of misconduct, Mayor Dan Horrigan says”, http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/08/akron_mayor_asked_to_resign_am.html

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