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Police officer seeks apology from Nigh

August 28, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

During Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, Hagerstown Police Officer Casey Yonkers requested an apology from Hagerstown Councilwoman Penny May Nigh for comments she made in a recent letter to the editor.

After the meeting, Nigh said she had no comment in response to Yonkers' remarks.

In a letter about her first year in office, Nigh wrote about crime problems in the city. "From the police side of the picture we have apparently had a 'how to get out of car' problem and the subject of 'community policing' seems to draw fire from some police officials," she wrote.

Yonkers told the council he took exception to the suggestion that police officers are not getting out of their cars and doing their jobs.

Her comments were "uncalled for and without basis," he said.

Police department employees have been working for more than two months without a contract and comments such as Nigh's do not help, he said.

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