Kennedy policeman accused of striking...

Kennedy policeman accused of striking man with his car

There are 137 comments on the PittsburghLIVE.com story from Aug 28, 2010, titled Kennedy policeman accused of striking man with his car. In it, PittsburghLIVE.com reports that:

By Margaret Harding and Jason Cato , PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Saturday, August 28, 2010 Last updated: 11:29 am An off-duty Kennedy police officer is accused of driving a vehicle that struck a pedestrian early yesterday along West Carson Street in the South Side.

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“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#1 Aug 28, 2010
What was the officer's %BAC?
An Observation

Vandergrift, PA

#2 Aug 28, 2010
A question, along with whether or not he in fact initially fled the scene, that will determine if he remains a police officer. The reports from the scene, though, do strongly indicate that he was in fact intoxicated.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#3 Aug 28, 2010
What was the pedestrian's %BAC?
BAC

Bridgeville, PA

#4 Aug 30, 2010
An Observation wrote:
A question, along with whether or not he in fact initially fled the scene, that will determine if he remains a police officer. The reports from the scene, though, do strongly indicate that he was in fact intoxicated.
A DUI is automatic termination of employment for a police officer and good bye pension.
LadyeHawke

United States

#5 Aug 30, 2010
BAC wrote:
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A DUI is automatic termination of employment for a police officer and good bye pension.
Really? Is that across the board for all police in PA or limited to Pittsburgh? Because, if this is factual, it sounds good to me.
BAC

Bridgeville, PA

#7 Aug 30, 2010
http://kdka.com/local/South.Side.Carson.2.188...

Aug 27, 2010 9:39 pm US/Eastern Officer Who Hit Man Appeared To Be Intoxicated
Investigators say Kennedy Township police officer Frank Caligiuri "showed signs of intoxication"
The 22-year-old victim was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury

Officials say an off-duty police officer who appeared to be intoxicated struck a pedestrian on Pittsburgh's South Side early this morning, critically injuring the man.

According to Pittsburgh Police Lieutenant Kevin Kraus, a Pittsburgh police officer patrolling the area discovered a body in the middle of the outbound lane of West Carson Street around 2:30 a.m.

"[The officer] exited his vehicle, approached the individual and confirmed that he was unconscious and he had apparently been struck by a car," Lt. Kraus said during a news conference.

Investigators shut down the road for more than two hours this morning combing the area for evidence.

During their investigation, officers found that the car believed to have been involved in the accident wasn't far away; and as Lt. Kraus told reporters, the driver was still inside.

"Upon speaking with that individual, it was apparent to the officers that that individual was intoxicated. We did confirm that he is an active police officer with the Kennedy Township Police Department."

The victim, identified only as a 22-year-old man from the West End, was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital with a severe head injury. He was last listed in critical condition.

Authorities released Kennedy Township police officer Frank Caligiuri, after he underwent a blood-alcohol test.

Caligiuri is a 12-year member of the force.

"He was released pending further investigation," Lt. Kraus added, "and once our collision investigation unit completes its investigation, all of their findings and evidence will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review – relating to any potential criminal charges."

Kraus also told reporters that the law mandates anyone to call for help in such an accident; but the driver apparently made no such call.

"Under the laws of the state, he would be compelled to do so," Kraus explained. "At this point, I can't exactly tell you what happened after the crash, but we certainly are investigating to determine if it meets the criteria of a hit and run."

Meantime, the accident bears striking similarities to a fatal collision on West Carson Street three years ago involving a police officer and a pedestrian just 100 yards away.

Caligiuri and the officer in the 2007 hit-and-run are reportedly close friends.

"I was informed by Pittsburgh police that one of my officers was involved in an incident last night," Kennedy Township Police Chief Anthony Bruni said. "At this time it is under investigation. I can't make any comments because it's a personnel matter."

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#8 Aug 30, 2010
BAC wrote:
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A DUI is automatic termination of employment for a police officer and good bye pension.
Maybe at some departments it is, but not all.
WWED

Bridgeville, PA

#9 Aug 30, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe at some departments it is, but not all.
DUI will be only the start of his charges.
Frank is now a legal liability for the taxpayers of Kennedy township.The taxpayers are his employers and their Commissioners and Solicitor will do what they have to to protect Kennedy Township from further liability. Besides criminal chrages there will also be a Civil Suit.
LadyeHawke

United States

#10 Aug 30, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe at some departments it is, but not all.
Thank you, Richard, for the clarification. In Scott Township, for example, the elected commissioners would determine what, if anything, would happen to the officer. Now, it's just me talking...I think that far too many people still think that being drunk and being drunk while driving is not a big deal. Just my observation. Soooooooo, for a police officer, he's just being one of the boys. Again, it's just what I've observed over the years.
WWED

Bridgeville, PA

#11 Aug 30, 2010
Under the Laws of the Commonwealth he will be facing charges in the Court of Common Pleas.

The Kennedy Twp. Commissioners have a LEGAL and ethical responsibility to protect their taxpayers.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#12 Aug 30, 2010
WWED wrote:
<quoted text>
DUI will be only the start of his charges.
Frank is now a legal liability for the taxpayers of Kennedy township.The taxpayers are his employers and their Commissioners and Solicitor will do what they have to to protect Kennedy Township from further liability. Besides criminal chrages there will also be a Civil Suit.
Yeah, you're talking about this case where there's more than just a simple DUI involved. I'm just telling you that a mere DUI is not enough to bar a police officer from employment.

It would be harder for a job applicant to overcome the obstacle if they are on the outside looking in, but a single traffic related criminal offense of misdemeanor level is not a bar to a person being employed as a police officer or becoming employed as a police officer.
Drunks Make Bad Cops

Bridgeville, PA

#13 Aug 31, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
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Yeah, you're talking about this case where there's more than just a simple DUI involved. I'm just telling you that a mere DUI is not enough to bar a police officer from employment.
It would be harder for a job applicant to overcome the obstacle if they are on the outside looking in, but a single traffic related criminal offense of misdemeanor level is not a bar to a person being employed as a police officer or becoming employed as a police officer.
Yeah, he is not going to get ARD and keep his police certification. On top of the DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury is a Felony 3 offense. More charges may be filed in addition to those.

It's such a violation of the Public Trust.

"Hey, look... it's Officer Drunkey Pants! Better get out of his way before he runs you over!"

The taxpayers of Kennedy Township deserve better than that.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#14 Aug 31, 2010
Drunks Make Bad Cops wrote:
The taxpayers of Kennedy Township deserve better than that.
One thing is for sure, they definitely deserve to pay taxes.
Interesting

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Aug 31, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, you're talking about this case where there's more than just a simple DUI involved. I'm just telling you that a mere DUI is not enough to bar a police officer from employment.
It would be harder for a job applicant to overcome the obstacle if they are on the outside looking in, but a single traffic related criminal offense of misdemeanor level is not a bar to a person being employed as a police officer or becoming employed as a police officer.
If he's found guilty of leaving the scene, he may be facing other charges,as Mr Breeden from Crafton has.Not to mention, any word on the victim?
hisproblem

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Aug 31, 2010
WWED wrote:
<quoted text>
DUI will be only the start of his charges.
Frank is now a legal liability for the taxpayers of Kennedy township.The taxpayers are his employers and their Commissioners and Solicitor will do what they have to to protect Kennedy Township from further liability. Besides criminal chrages there will also be a Civil Suit.
How is Kennedy Township liable for anything? He was off duty, not in uniform, well outside the township limits, not acting in any township capacity and driving his personal vehicle. The way I see it any criminal or civil action all falls on him along with any attorney or court costs. The only thing Kennedy Township council needs to determine is whether or not he violated the terms of his employement. I just cannot see where the township is liable at all for this accident.
ymg

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Aug 31, 2010
That "cop" only represents the tip of the corruption iceberg in Kennedy twp.

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#18 Sep 1, 2010
hisproblem wrote:
<quoted text> How is Kennedy Township liable for anything? He was off duty, not in uniform, well outside the township limits, not acting in any township capacity and driving his personal vehicle. The way I see it any criminal or civil action all falls on him along with any attorney or court costs. The only thing Kennedy Township council needs to determine is whether or not he violated the terms of his employement. I just cannot see where the township is liable at all for this accident.
Even if he was on-duty, the city never ordered the police officer to show up for work impaired and violate traffic laws to run people over with a police vehicle, so it would be pretty hard for the city to become liable. The only liability the city would incur, if this had occurred while the officer was on duty, would be if it could be proven the city knew about a drinking and driving problem with the officer and did nothing about it.
townshipproblem

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Sep 1, 2010
Richard_ wrote:
<quoted text>Even if he was on-duty, the city never ordered the police officer to show up for work impaired and violate traffic laws to run people over with a police vehicle, so it would be pretty hard for the city to become liable. The only liability the city would incur, if this had occurred while the officer was on duty, would be if it could be proven the city knew about a drinking and driving problem with the officer and did nothing about it.
That would be tough one unless the police department kept some sort of disiplinary records over the years. Most employers would have either sent the employee home or out for a drug test if they suspected some sort of impairment. Even if other township employees were aware of this in the past and kept it as a little secrect, without some sort of record, really it comes down to nothing more than an isolated incident. Still, there is an issue concerning public safety. This is the point where the township could find themselves in a liability situation. Basically it is a case of the "cats out of the bag" now what are you going to do about it?
Drunks Make Bad Cops

Bridgeville, PA

#20 Sep 1, 2010
townshipproblem wrote:
<quoted text> That would be tough one unless the police department kept some sort of disiplinary records over the years. Most employers would have either sent the employee home or out for a drug test if they suspected some sort of impairment. Even if other township employees were aware of this in the past and kept it as a little secrect, without some sort of record, really it comes down to nothing more than an isolated incident. Still, there is an issue concerning public safety. This is the point where the township could find themselves in a liability situation. Basically it is a case of the "cats out of the bag" now what are you going to do about it?
It's not like Frank Caligiuri is some office employee somewhere. It is a Public Safety issue for Kennedy. You can't keep one of your police officers employed with not only a DUI but an Felony (death or bodily injury).

Any one taking the Oath to Serve & Protect knows damn well when they receive that badge then their actions BOTH ON AND OFF DUTY are held to a higher standard of conduct and they are accountable to their employer - the citzens who's taxes pay their salary.

you got it

Bridgeville, PA

#21 Sep 1, 2010
ymg wrote:
That "cop" only represents the tip of the corruption iceberg in Kennedy twp.
Wasn't Frank Caligiuri's uncle a Kennedy Commissioner or some politico at one time?

Gee, I wonder if Frankie had help getting his patroleman job like his buddy Donnie Breeden, who's Mommy pulled the strings in Crafton to get him his.

Both are loser scum.

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