Charlestown officer alleges racial, political discrimination
There are 5 comments on the Tribune/Sunday Ledger Tribune story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Charlestown officer alleges racial, political discrimination. In it, Tribune/Sunday Ledger Tribune reports that:
“He's been unhappy here for a while.”
Dana Coleman was named Charlestown Police Department's Officer of the Year two years running. via Tribune/Sunday Ledger Tribune
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#1 Apr 6, 2008
What a crock. He is a do nothing, just like the ex-chief and mayor. As for new cars, ask Stoner and Mike Hall where that money went. As them how much money they took under the table, and how much money was wasted fighting lawsuits filed against them.
#2 Apr 9, 2008
Amen, he's been worthless and the few times I have seen him, he's yelling and cussing at the poor people that called him for help. I wish he would have left with Stoner. Both utterly worthless.
#3 Apr 11, 2008
Worthless isn't the word, more like unbelievable!
#4 Sep 16, 2008
I am reading these postings and am completely amazed at how uneducated and ignorant people really are. These comments talk about how worthless the old mayor, command staff, and this officer were. I haven't seen this new command staff do anything worthwhile or news worthy except get themselves in a lawsuit for political retaliation and discrimination. How long did it take for that news, maybe a couple of months.(They are on a GREAT start) If you wrote these comments because of lack of information you can do a google search of this officer's name, and you will see for yourself who was worthless on this police department. I guess according to the postings here Lt. Coleman moved up the ranks from officer to lieutenant, started the city's first SWAT team just by luck, oh and I almost forgot Officer of the Year two years running. The difference between Officer Coleman and some other officers is that he worked hard for his achievements. Not to mention the many hours of work to benefit the city by means of equipment that the city recieved through a program that Officer Coleman discovered. It is very interesting that this officer had been a police officer for over ten years and never had a problem until this new administration, which I may mention didn't waste any time making their intentions known. I believe that the people speaking of worthless are jealous of this officer's success. Atleast that is how it appears given the facts. Speaking of lawsuits and treatment of the citizens, maybe you should do a search of lawsuits filed against other officers on this department regarding unfair treatment to the citizens of the city. Based on that then you can make your own decision of what kind of officer you would want working in your city. I can guarantee that Officer Coleman's name will not be mentioned in any of these lawsuits during his ten year career in law enforcement. For the ones who are on the inside and know what has happened, I don't know how you sleep at night. This officer gave all of his ambition and determination to this city and department, and this is the treatment he gets in return. It makes me sick that this is the year 2008 and african americans are still facing discrimination and unfair treatment. I sincerely hope that the people involved in this will pay for the turmoil that they have caused this dedicated officer. "What goes around comes around!!!!"
#5 Sep 30, 2010
I don't believe most of what I see but I lived in Charlestown before, during and after Officer Coleman was in town. Lets be completely honest! I don't know what happened behind closed doors and won't pretend to. I DO know what happened on the streets though. Officer Coleman was far from "man of the year" around here. He was formerly employed by Clark County. Does anyone know the details behind that? There are a lot officers that aren't recognized for the positive impact that they have made in this community because the recognition is NOT why they do their job. They fight to make a difference, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The fact that Officer Coleman was "african american" had nothing to do with the way he did his job to many people. If he had been "caucasian" it would not have changed many opinions of him in this community. I am not denying that there are many racial issues in this town but I can't stand when people use race as an excuse for EVERY negative opinion of people. I also can't stand when people use the "I've got black friends" line to explain why they're not racist. I can tell you though, I come from a very diverse group of people and race, religion, gender or creed has NOTHING to do with why I have negative or positive opinions on people. My personal opinion on the way Officer Coleman presented himself to the community...not impressed. I understand that he was involved in many positive programs, however, in the streets, he just wasn't a good cop in my eyes. He could be as pale as this screen and I would feel the same way! Check his background though. What exactly did happen in his past that brought him to Charlestown? I'm not saying that he's a bad person but as a street cop he was nowhere near M.V.P. He may be good in other positions or other places. As an officer on the streets, from a member of the community, he just wasn't what we need around here...and it has nothing to do with his race.
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