This weekend brought us news that Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Eugene Hlavac has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend, the mother of his child.
Sergeant Hlavac deserves the presumption of innocence, of course. But while I profess no knowledge of Hlavac's personal life, for some reason I can't say I'm terribly shocked at this news. Hlavac was, of course, one of three officers that the Ravenstahl administration decided to promote back in 2007 ... despite the fact that each had been accused of domestic violence in the past.
(Another one of those officers, Commander George Trosky has also been making news recently, incidentally.)
Hlavac has previously been faulted for his performance on the job as well: specifically, a series of arrests stemming from a 2006 bicyclist demonstration. When the city's police review board tried to question him about the matter, Hlavac tuned out the proceeding by playing an iPod loudly enough that others could hear it. The review board upheld complaints against Hlavac, but these were dismissed by police brass, who said they'd already disciplined him.
After outrage greeted Hlavac's promotions, Ravenstahl pledged that a new domestic-violence policy would "address the issue from here on out," and that Hlavac and the other officers would be "closely monitored."
How's that working out, Mayor Ravensathl?
I love Mel Packer!