Former officer won't be charged in motorcycle club incident

A special prosecutor said he will not seek charges against a former Sandusky police officer who argued with a motorcycle club member at a local bar.
Emil Whitis
Sep 29, 2011

 

A special prosecutor said he will not seek charges against a former Sandusky police officer who argued with a motorcycle club member at a local bar.

Even after an extensive criminal investigation by Erie County Sheriff’s deputies, there was not enough evidence to charge ex-cop Mel Burns with assault, Norwalk law director Stuart O’Hara said.

O’Hara’s decision centered around a shoulder nudge Burns allegedly gave Outlaw biker Christian Miller on Aug. 16 at Margaritaville.

“I would’ve had to prove (he) attempted to cause or did cause physical harm,” O’Hara said. “No one claimed they were hurt, so that’s out.”

O’Hara also looked at possible menacing charges, but decided that also wasn’t an option.

O’Hara said his decision was complicated by the fact police officers have special rights on-duty — especially in the middle of altercations.

“Whether or not he was doing good police work, I can’t say,” O’Hara said. “I can say he didn’t get beyond the threshold for criminal behavior.”

For more on what led to the initial incident, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Comments

Sick

As I have said Mel Burns didnt do anything wrong legally. This is a sucessful attempt to get rid of a higher paid employee. And again i say why is sandusky supporting a criminal organization by allowing them to sell thier products downtown at Bike Week. The Federal Gov has declared all 1% er gangs to be a domestic terrorist organization. They should be shut down not supported. By allowing them to continue to set up a booth downdown at Bike Week we are going to see more trouble from them

mrlizzzard

Won't be charged?He deserves a thanks.If the club was damaging banners that is reprehensible.They should be called down town and questioned.This comes from a 50 year biker.

Lightening McQueen

 Sick, if you don't like their freedom to sell their support gear downtown then I bet you really liked their flower display set up on city property to celebrate 25 years in Sandusky.

Pjdrums

I STILL THINK  MR BURNS SHOULD'VE STAYED WITH THE COPS AND NOT RETIRED........NO MATTER WHAT.HE WAS A GOOD COP.........AND TRUST ME WHEN THE CRAP HITS THE FAN AND YOU'RE ON THE STREETS.......UD NEED SOMEONE LIKE LIKE MEL TO HANDLE IT.......

  ONLY PRESSURE HE SHOULD'VE GOTTEN SHOULDA BEEN TO STAY IN THE FORCE AND NOT RETIRE.........WE NEED AS MANY GOOD COPS OUT THERE AS WE CAN GET.........NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.......

ANYWAY.WTG MEL............U DID THE RIGHT THING.......AND ON THE STREET THATS TOO KOOL IN MY BOOK..................

              PJ

Taxpayer

WHO CARES??  Melvin is gone and rightfully so.  He did the honorable thing to avoid getting into further trouble with his employer, Jimmy Lang.  The writing was on the wall and they were looking to fire him.  His previous records speak for themselves.  He is LUCKY he was not terminated before.  I am glad Melvin retired.  Maybe he can pursue other endeavors to avoid his anger management issues without the scrutiny of the Register and everyone else.  He made for great cannon fodder for the local news.  It is a sad epitaph for such a tumultuous career.    

Morningbreezes1

 Mr.Burns didn't do anything wrong!  The only thing I wish he wouldn't have done is retire.

God Bless you, Mr Burns  And thank you for your years of service.

DREAMER 61

Mel Burns will be missed !!! I wish he had not chosen to retire - law officers are expected to protect the public, but use kid gloves while they are at it ?  You try to control someone that is drinking or high by not being  a little aggressive - you'll lose !! Mel did a lot of good police work over the years and could have continued to be an experienced server of the law.

Mr. D

I'm sure the liquor control officers will be closely monitoring activities around Margarittaville sinec they seem to be under the belief they are empowered to order law enforcement officers around!

local girl

Wow no comments from angel among you! It was not hard to figure out who you are.Your negative comments about law enforcement , motorcycle gangs,and the murder of a young woman known to the outlaws.Was'nt it your bf that was convicted of that murder, that he tryed to blame on the outlaws?Open your eyes and believe your own preachings, the truth will set you free!