BY: Damion E. Pasternak
I wanted to set a few things straight and give the whole untwisted facts about Jimmie Lee Holden and the alleged complainant.
I was his Lieutenant and before that I was in the detective bureau as a detective then detective sergeant. I had fourteen and a half years of investigation experience including sex crimes. I arrested and charged suspects which led to the their convictions. I would do everything I could to try and make the victim whole again. This is back when we did not have the SANE program and we had to do it all, the interview, the crime scenes, the evidence transport to BCI, and the investigation. I also had quite a few of false claimed crimes. It was not unusual that alleged victims sometimes used the claim to try and get some result for her own benefit. One girl who didn’t want to let her boyfriend leave Ohio to relocate to Arizona for a job made such a claim. We investigated and treated it as a valid complaint until the evidence showed otherwise. During the interview with her she finally admitted she did it so that he would take her with him. There was a lot of hours spend on that case and we were called out at 3 am to respond when her call so the whole detective came in from home, and worked for the next couple of days trying to serve the victim and get her some closure. That is just one case but there were many others and any detective will tell you that it happens more than you know.
Being that I had been on the department for 33 years I heard and saw a lot of things between officers and the dispatchers. Bantering back and forth with what would be a big NO NO nowadays. It also was not unusual that flirtatious or even sexually explicit remarks were made also back and forth. This was way before the #metoo was started. One dispatcher said to me one day while I was passing through the dispatch center ” doesn’t anybody just like to fuck anymore” “why do they have to be in love”.
Working on a small department everybody knew everyone else and their families pretty well. There were ego’s that would fill a room, and others with their little quirks.
To continue with the complaint against Jimmie Lee the complainant who made that statement to me was the dispatcher on his shift. She did not like Jimmie because he would not coddle or pamper her every whim for a day off, to leave early, for a better vacation pick, or allow her to wander around outside the dispatch center during working hours. We only had one dispatcher during each shift to answer the radio and the phones. Running back when the phone rang or when a patrol car called in was not appropriate. So he he would tell her to get back in her room and stay there. If they needed relief for rest room breaks or lunch one of the bosses or patrol officers would relieve her. These are a couple of reasons why she wanted off his shift because there were other supervisors that would allow her to do as she wanted and have her way. Another interesting note was the after shift hot tub parties with some nudity that went on at her home a few blocks from the station. One time a supervisor that was on duty had to advise her that complaints from residents were being called in and that she should either move it inside or shut it down. These are all truthful facts, and she did win her transfer to another shift. It is to bad the the senior administrator did not fully investigate the claim and took it based on this dispatcher complaint alone. Then he went on a one of his tirades and at one point ordered another female dispatcher to sign a statement to further the complaint.
In the suspension of Jimmie Lee for using his vehicle to block a driveway to stop a fleeing felon was another head hunting expedition by the senior administrator. The fleeing felon was also a shoplifter who was speeding away from police with an infant in the back seat of her car. After a short chase she pulled into a business lot and Jimmie went ahead and stopped by the the exit drive. She then drove into his stopped cruiser. I had just finished advanced traffic crash school and explained to the Senior administrator how I could show that Jimmie did not hit her but she hit the cruiser. I didn’t matter because the facts didn’t matter just that a cruiser was hit during a chase and the cruiser was blocking the driveway. Take a look at that picture and think was Jimmie supposed to let her drive away and continue to drive erratically especially with a child in the car. Does that make sense? OK so now you have a better picture of the senior administration and their lack of thought beyond their comprehension level.
You can vote for any candidate you choose but please do it based on the honest facts not some smut slingers from the other candidates camp.
Damion E. Pasternak
LIeutenant UHPD retired
VIET NAM VETERAN