Yellow Springs police chief resigns

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A crowd erupted in cheers Tuesday night upon word that Yellow Springs police chief David Hale has resigned.

Announcement of Chief David Hale's resignation came at village meeting
Announcement of Chief David Hale’s resignation came at village meeting


That announcement was made before a crowd of hundreds in the village council chambers. They gathered to discuss a confrontation between police and revelers on New Year’s Eve.

“Where is he,” one person in attendance could be heard yelling.

Residents had expected to hear from the chief Tuesday night, but instead heard a statement from him read by the village manager. In it, Hale said he cannot justify why his officers broke up the New Year’s Eve party early.

Pattie Bates, Yellow Springs Village Manager, read the statement on his behalf and said in part, “After the officers on scene made a very poor decision to shut down the event early, they compounded the error by using extremely poor tactics, utilizing their cruiser sirens and horns instead of being on foot trying to verbally gain compliance.”

Hale officially became chief for the village in December 2014, after spending nearly 30 years with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

This all started when Yellow Springs Police responded to the New Year’s Eve celebration because they say party-goers were blocking traffic on Main Street.

A man David Carlson was arrested after police say he prevented an officer from leaving a cruiser, and ran off with a Taser.

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