Chief James L. Michel Jr

Lackawanna NY police chief James L. Michel Jr
Lackawanna NY police chief James L. Michel Jr

Lackawanna NY police Chief James L. Michel Jr AKA “Greasy”
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Lackawanna police Chief James “Greasy” Michel sues LackawannaRead it here or
Is it time to clean out Lackawannas parasite hall ? With Chief James “Greasy” Michel trying to suck more money out of the city for doing a great job like smashing his city paid for SUV into people costing the city 100’s of thousands of dollars in lawsuits. Along with Captain Joe “Pig Face” Leo running an over time scam to the tune of $170,000 in annual income for the purpose of satisfying his idiopathic compulsive lieing kleptomaniac urges that have brought numerous lawsuits costing the city of Lackawanna 100’s of thousands of dollars more in lawsuits. Not to forget Mayor “Sleazmanski” appointing his unfit father in-law part time judge at $70,000 annually as well as providing overpaying jobs to his wife and the rest of his “family”. Are these useless trolls really worth it ? Maybe it’s time the people of Lackawanna started paying more attention to the corruption and abuse of this criminal gang at parasite hall.
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Police Chief James “Greasy” Michel suspends cop for asking questions about his theft and corruption.
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Chief James “Greasy” Michel hits and runs like a greasy pig smashing his city provided SUV into other cars causing serious injuries to other drivers. Brings another lawsuit against Lackawanna.
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Permit me to explain, police officers, of necessity, daily exercise moral choices called “professional discretion” in deciding whether or not to make an arrest. The proper use of this discretion requires police to be educated and well-trained in order to make sound and professional judgments in the course of their duties. These decisions involve a number of factors (but not limited to) the seriousness of the offense, whether an arrest will aid in resolving the problem, the existence of competing priorities for police resources, the availability of legal alternatives, or taking into consideration honest mistakes and deciding that the situation is best served by a “warning and release.”

These are examples of more current moral decisions: permitting political protesters to march in the street, or occupy a park contrary to law, not arresting adults for the possession of a small amount of marijuana, not determining immigration status when dealing with “undocumented” persons who are crime victims. The law in these cases may permit an arrest, but in doing so the community would not consider the arrests to be “right” or “good.” In the above situations, the police officer could take action but choose not to do so. The decision, therefore, is based not on whether the behavior was illegal, but rather on whether taking enforcement action would be, in this situation, a moral act. Nevertheless, whenever police use this discretion it must always be done with openness, accountability, and never for personal reasons.

A further example, but on a much higher plain, is the decision to use deadly force Chief James Michel – to decide to take the life of another person. For example, a model policy used by one police department reads as follows:

The crimes committed by Chief James “GREASY” Michel just keep piling up up.

Lackawanna Police Chief James L. Michel Jr., already the center of controversy in a pay dispute and the suspension of one of his officers, was involved in an accident last year with an off-duty Buffalo police officer who is suing both Lackawanna and Michel, according to court documents.

The accident occurred just before noon Jan. 9, 2014, when Michel – who was on duty and driving an unmarked police vehicle with emergency lights engaged – struck an SUV driven by Linda McDonald, a 20-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, the documents indicated. The impact is believed to have sent McDonald’s 2006 Ford Explorer into another vehicle.

Michel told investigators he was responding to the robbery of a First Niagara Bank branch at 1248 Abbott Road.

Michel, a 35-year veteran of the Lackawanna police force, has been embroiled recently in a series of contentious incidents including a dispute with the City Council over $36,000 in pay and the suspension of an officer who appeared at a recent Council meeting to request an update on the dispute. The Council hired outside counsel to determine whether it could retrieve the more than $36,000 in sick pay and overtime compensation benefits paid to Michel from 2011 to 2013.

So far, the legal bills from Barclay Damon total at least $45,000. Over a month has gone by and Barclay Damon has not been paid, according to Henry Pirowski, City Council president.

Michel responded to the inquiry by hiring his own outside counsel to sue the city, asking the court to reinstate his compensation and benefits, and asking for back pay lost when he stopped receiving the benefits in 2013. Michel – who is represented by Howard Cohen of Gross, Schuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan – said he is being falsely accused of being overpaid $45,000 from 2009-2012.

The collision involving Michel almost two years ago is the subject of a pending civil action against the city and Michel. A notice of claim was filed June 24, 2014, on behalf of McDonald by the Maxwell Murphy law firm. Depositions in the case were recently given in the firm’s Delaware Avenue offices.

Dana Britton, former Lackawanna public safety director, was also questioned by McDonald’s attorneys. Britton, a longtime critic of Michel, was his supervisor at the time of the accident.

Britton told attorneys that at the time of the incident, he read the accident report and determined the collision that occurred in the intersection of Ridge Road and Rosary Avenue was a “hit-and-run.”

Michel “hit a vehicle and left the scene,” Britton said. “He was taking a camera to the detectives who were investigating the bank robbery. The chief was called 35 minutes after the robbery and he was asked to bring the camera down. [Michel] took the camera there in an emergency manner. He told the mayor there wasn’t much damage to his car. I wanted to suspend [Michel], but the mayor said it wasn’t a hit-and-run.

“The attorneys asked me what the chief’s job was,” Britton said. “Not to be delivering a camera. The chief of police is not an errand boy.”

Repeated efforts to talk with McDonald’s attorneys at Maxwell Murphy were not successful.

Calls to Michel and to Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski seeking comment were not returned.

According to police, the bank robbery Michel responded to was the sixth committed between Dec. 3, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014, by Michael Mitchell, who was arrested shortly after the Lackawanna heist.

One source with knowledge of the accident investigation supported Michel, saying the chief was responding to an active bank robbery investigation, not fleeing an accident. Michel arrived on the scene more than 30 minutes after the robbery, the source said, and the investigation was active with officers from Buffalo and Lackawanna responding to the call at the Abbott Road Plaza bank near the city line.

“He showed up in front of uniformed cops with fresh damage on his vehicle in responding to the call,” said the source. “He wasn’t trying to run away.”

Attorneys for McDonald were granted a temporary restraining order in June 2014 to prevent the repair or alteration of Michel’s dark blue police SUV until it could be inspected and photographed. The nature of McDonald’s injuries could not be determined.
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Lackawanna police chief named new Commissioner ? NOT SO FAST !

Lackawanna Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. will become Erie County’s commissioner of Central Police Services next month, pending confirmation by the county Legislature.

It would appear by good fortune some secret hidden documents appeared showing Chief James “Greasy” Michel was involved in some sort of sexual harassment against a female officer some time ago. It seems his shady past has made him ineligible for the commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services position. His past actions could cause him to be a danger or threat to female officers.
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Michel would take over the post July 18 by an appointment announced Thursday by County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s office.

Central Police Services runs the county’s enhanced 911 and police radio communications systems, as well as a forensic laboratory, computer systems and law enforcement training programs.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Michel as commissioner of Central Police Services in Erie County and look forward to his confirmation by the Legislature. Being a member of the local law enforcement community for over 35 years has given him a wide range of experience, perspectives and insights that will be tremendously valuable in the commissioner post,” Poloncarz said in a written statement. “His knowledge of law enforcement and relationships with others across that community are beneficial and essential to success in the position and will help him acclimate to the role more quickly.”

Michel is a member of the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force executive board; serves as the 1st vice president of the Western New York Association of Chiefs of Police; is the New York State Board of Governors representative for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties to the state Association of Chiefs of Police; and is a longtime member of the Erie County Association of Police Captains and Lieutenants, the Erie County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County.

Michel takes over for John A. Glascott, who retired earlier this year. Michel became Lackawanna chief in 2009.

Recently, some Lackawanna lawmakers have questioned payments the city made to Michel for vacation and sick time while he was police chief.

In January, Michel filed two lawsuits stemming from the city’s inquiry.

In 2013, State Police made an arrest in a 1979 cold case murder, the result of an investigation Michel requested.

“As Commissioner of Central Police Services, I can utilize my knowledge and experience from 36 years of law enforcement to problem solve and help CPS continue to move in the right direction,” Michel said in a written statement. “The Department has many fine hard working employees, many who I have known or worked with during my career in law enforcement. I am excited to be joining the team and I would like to thank County Executive Poloncarz for this opportunity.”

The county post comes with a budgeted salary of $83,462.
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More on this story as it develops.

Chief James “Greasy” Michel got shot down for Commissioner position due to shady past.
Michel Pursues Legal Action Over Personnel File Leak

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A day after Lackawanna Police Chief James Michel’s name was withdrawn from consideration to become Erie County Central Police Services Commissioner, he is pursuing legal action against whoever leaked information from his personnel file with the city of Lackawanna.

Attorney Howard Cohen, who represents James Michel, says the investigation should begin with Erie County legislator Joseph Lorigo. “He must tell us who gave him the internal memo.” says Cohen. He’s not insinuating wrongdoing by the legislator., Cohen says he just wants to find the source of stolen documents.

Michel says “No one requested them. No one even filed a FOIA.” At issue was a 1999 incident where Michel was the focus of an investigation over using derogatory language around a female employee while he was a lieutenant. That was in the hands of County Executive Mark Poloncarz Thursday just hours before a vote to confirm Michel, leading to Poloncarz’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration. “I’m insisting on a full investigation into this matter because my rights were violated and now my life has been turned upside down,” adds Michel.

Michel says the 1999 incident was not major. He and employee have continued to have a professional relationship at the police department for the last 17 years. He emphasized many at the precinct used foul language, but he did apologize to the employee at the time.

Cohen says the motivation for releasing stolen personnel files is “totally political.” He is seeking a state attorney general investigation.

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