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Shortly after the New Year’s Eve debacle during which officers were accused of using heavy-handed tactics to disperse more than 100 revelers, Police Chief David Hale resigned. He was succeeded by Brian Carlson, who was appointed interim chief in late February.
The council will conduct an internal search for a permanent chief. An appointment is expected in June, according to the village.
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The holiday incident was the latest of several high-profile disputes between police and residents dating back to 2013, when resident Paul Schenck ultimately was killed by SWAT members who used both a helicopter and armored vehicle during the four-hour standoff and shoot-out.
In 2014, Sgt. Naomi Penrod was charged with assault, interfering with civil rights and disorderly conduct for taking a camera from a village resident who was filming police activity. More recently, Yellow Springs probationary officer John Whittemore was terminated in July 2016 while the subject of a use of force investigation.
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“The village of Yellow Springs has made many positive steps forward since New Year’s Eve to continue to improve the relationship between the police department and citizens,” according to the village.
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An external review of the holiday incident was critical of police tactics, including the “technique of driving a motor vehicle into a crowd of people.”