DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Fraternal Order of Police said in a written statement they are “outraged by the City of Dayton’s apology.'”
The statement came Friday and details the feelings of the F.O.P. as this case gets national attention. The written statement says:
“The officer involved simply recognized behavior he thought was suspicious and out of the ordinary. He then waited for a reason to conduct a lawful stop on the driver of the vehicle.”
Dayton city leaders apologized Wednesday but said they stand by the police department after a man claims an officer pulled John Felton over for making eye-contact with him.
The City of Dayton sent a statement late Friday afternoon. It says:
“In response to the letter issued by the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police today, I would like to offer the following clarifications regarding my statement of September 2. I emphasized then and repeat now that the traffic stop made by Officer Betsinger on August 15 was a lawful stop. My concern was about the lack of understanding between the officer and Mr. Felton and the perceptions that resulted.”
“My tenure as City Manager demonstrates my support of City employees and public safety employees specifically. The City Commission and I have worked closely with President Galbraith, our police administration, and officers throughout my time as Dayton City Manager and will continue to work with President Galbraith and the Fraternal Order of Police on matters of importance to the police work force. The safety of our officers and of our community continue to be my top priority as City Manager.”
At a city commission meeting this week, Dayton City Manager Warren Price said, “We regret and we apologize to the community,” he continues, “we apologize for the lack of clarity regarding the circumstances of this traffic stop.” He said he stands by the Dayton Police Department and calls it a lawful traffic stop.
2 NEWS told you earlier this week that Felton is claiming his civil rights were violated during the August stop. Felton recorded video of Officer Randy Betsinger pulling him over. The officer originally tells Felton he was being pulled over for not signaling properly before turning.
City Manager Price said Officer Betsinger has been ordered to report to the police academy to receive additional training in traffic stops.
An administrative investigation is also in the works because of the racial profiling allegation.
The Dayton Police Department issued a statement earlier this week that said, “The traffic infraction was verified by the video; however making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop. The Dayton Police Department is in contact with Mr. Felton. He has agreed to a conversation with the officer, facilitated by the Dayton Mediation Center.”