PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There was only one police officer manning the streets in California, Friday night.
There were supposed to be three, but the other two had other plans.
The two officers are definitely in trouble, but some people in California Borough thought their punishment was too severe, while some think the officers should have been fired.
Anyway, everyone who talked to KDKA on camera said the officers got what they deserved.
When a fight broke out in a local tavern near the California University campus on a busy Friday night, only one police officer was available to handle the crowd.
That officer had to call police from other communities to help because two other California Borough patrolmen who were supposed to be working that night, were on an unauthorized trip.
“Friday nights around here do get kind of crazy,” said student Alan Horne. “So if they were supposed to be in the bough and they’re in Washington County, not where they’re supposed to be then they should be suspended.”
Recently the borough council voted to suspend the officers for 30 days without pay.
The officers drove to Washington to return an unmarked vehicle to the drug task force. Their trip left the borough without a whole complement to the police force.
“Yeah, I feel the officers should definitely be suspended for leaving an officer unprotected like that …” said student Corey Laboon.
Resident John Kessler also said he didn’t think it was right for only one cop to handle a bar fight.
Borough officials did not want to comment, calling the situation a personnel matter.