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Published: Wednesday, 9/9/2009

Not another chance

IF NEW accusations are substantiated against a Toledo police sergeant who allegedly made inappropriate remarks to a woman reporting a crime, the officer has no place on the city force.

Sgt. Daniel Brandon already has one big strike against him for outrageous conduct in 2008 against a female convenience store clerk, who was threatened with arrest if she didn't have sex with him.

He was found guilty a year ago of committing that offense - captured on video - and fired by the city. But an arbitrator deemed dismissal too harsh a penalty and ordered him reinstated.

Now, here we go again. Recently, Sergeant Brandon was one of several officers who responded to a call for help from a citizen reporting a home invasion where the family was apparently held at gunpoint by robbers. During that intervention, the sergeant reportedly made derogatory comments to one of the apparent victims.

Afterward, Brittany and Dominic Abraham filed a complaint against him, claiming the sergeant treated them with astonishing disrespect. The Toledo chapter of the National Organization for Women mobilized to protest the sergeant remaining on the job and demands the city fire him.

But pending an investigation into the latest incident involving the officer, he likely will stay put as the appropriate procedures are instituted to determine his guilt or innocence. He is, of course, entitled to a fair hearing.

But if the facts support the most recent allegations, Sergeant Brandon does not deserve another chance. There should be no room on the police force for those who abuse their authority to protect and serve.

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