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Friday, July 29, 2011

Canton Cop Already Under Scrutiny Now Under Investigation for Second Incident

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Daniel Harless is the Canton cop who made a name, face, and vulgarity-laced tongue for himself when video of his berserk treatment of a suspect during a concealed carry arrest made the media rounds.

(You can catch up on all the background to that incident here.)

Now the Canton Repository reports that Harless is under investigation for a second incident, this time from back in July 2010. While the incidents have their similarities — namely Harless spewing extremely graphic threats about blowing people's heads off — this one is also completely different.

Harless and his partner had pulled over a suspected drunk driver. In the backseat, Harless saw a passenger with a weapon near their foot. The passenger did not have a concealed carry, nor did anyone in the car attempt to tell Harless that a weapon was in the vehicle. Slightly more cause for concern, though Harless could work on his bedside manner.

“Don’t (expletive) move. Let me see your (expletive) hands,” Harless shouted. “I’ll kill every one of you (expletive). There’s a (expletive) gun in this car. You (expletive) move, I’ll shoot you in the head.”

Harless also threatened to send the suspects “to the grave” if they moved, adding, “I will shoot you in the face and I’ll go to sleep tonight.”

Video of the second incident can be found at the Canton Repository.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry is calling for the resignation of both Harless and Canton City Council President Allen Schulman, who defended the city and the police department in a recent speech.

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