Target: Bethlehem City Council President, J. William Reynolds
Goal: Appeal the ruling to rehire police officer charged with DUI.
A ten-year veteran of a city police department in Pennsylvania may get his job back, despite being charged with drunk driving and having a history of inappropriate behavior.
The Bethlehem City Council had voted unanimously to fire Richard Hoffman, 35, after he struck a parked car and had a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is twice the legal limit. A union arbitrator ruled that he should return to his job. Quint Taglioli, who represents the police union known as the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 20, said that once Hoffman meets certain requirements by the department, he can return to his job. The Bethlehem City Council has 30 days to appeal this decision.
Hoffman has a history of inappropriate behavior while intoxicated. He allegedly threatened an on-duty Philadelphia police officer, threatened the owner of a local pub, and sent inappropriate messages to a city dispatcher.
The police union has gone too far to protect an officer who clearly demonstrates poor decision-making skills and is reckless when it comes to drinking. Hoffman should not get his job back after putting others in danger and the Bethlehem City Council’s decision should be upheld. Please sign the petition below to urge Bethlehem City Council President J. William Reynolds to appeal the decision to allow Hoffman his job back.
Dear Councilman J. William Reynolds,
As you know, the union arbitrator of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 20 has ruled that Richard Hoffman can have his job back once certain requirements are met by the city police department. This is a mistake and Richard Hoffman should not be allowed to return to the Bethlehem Police Department.
Hoffman struck a parked car while having a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is twice the legal limit. His reckless behavior put others in danger and he tarnishes the representation of the city police department. Hoffman’s alleged past inappropriate behavior is also troubling. He clearly is a liability and allowing him to return to his job after so many reckless decisions on his part is a terrible decision by the police union.
I urge you to appeal the decision to allow Richard Hoffman to return to his job. His DUI charges have been erased for now and this sets a dangerous precedent. Police officers are to be respected, but I fear that people will lose respect if we allow Hoffman back to his job after so many poor choices he has made.
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