On the evening of Friday, November 27, 2009 — the day after Thanksgiving and a few hours after the Nebraska Cornhuskers had beaten the Colorado Buffaloes up in Boulder — Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing, now a Democrat candidate for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd District, had a confrontation with Aurora, Colorado Police officers.
The confrontation culminated in Ewing yelling that he would sue the police officer and then being issued a ticket for Disorderly Conduct and a Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
This story was recounted in the OWH last week, but Leavenworth Street now has the full Offense Report, where you can read for yourself how the officers viewed the situation, and how they observed Ewing’s words and actions.
See it here:
(Note that we redacted the address and date of birth of Ewing’s sister — though this is a completely public document.)
To recap, Ewing’s sister was driving an SUV, which Ewing said also had his wife, daughters and mother as passengers, near her home around 8pm. A marked Aurora police cruiser passed her and noticed her headlight out, turned their lights on and turned around to stop her. She did not stop, instead turned a corner, then finally came to a stop in front of her house.
She then got out of her car and approached the cops, yelling at them.
At this point…
JOHN EWING Jr DOB 04-18-61, came out of the front door of the house. EWING Jr stood approximately 25 feet away at the bottom of the stairs and started to yell at me from my left side as I was trying to give (Ewing’s sister) orders to get back in her car on my right.
I gave him lawful orders to go back in the house. EWING Jr refused and stated, “No I don’t have to.” He walked a couple steps closer and continued to yell.
Note that Ewing told the OWH that officer Stenersen who wrote this report was, “out of control”.
From the OWH:
Ewing — a former deputy chief of police — said he was trying to calm the situation down.
Continuing from the Aurora Police report:
EWING Jr was ordered to go back in the house at least 5 times (even twice by Officer Salberg), each time he refused. EWING Jr was told if he didn’t go back inside he would be arrested. EWING Jr stated, “No I won’t because I will sue you!” Instead of obeying my lawful orders he kept yelling back into the house for more people to come outside and kept yelling at us.
Note that Ewing told the OWH that regarding this statement, in officer Stenersen’s report,
“That’s an absolute lie,” said Ewing. “Everyone in the house was already outside.”
So Ewing is essentially accusing Stenersen of filing a false incident report.
Of course Stenersen filed this report the evening of the incident. And Ewing is responding to it nearly two years later.
At one point there were at least 5 people on the porch yelling at us as we tried to gain compliance.
As I was issuing EWING Jr his summons he stated he was a retired police officer, and that I should give him “more respect” because of this.
Now Ewing states that he was concerned about the women in the car, and we have no doubt he was telling the truth about that.
But consider the police in this situation:
In the dark, they signal a car to pull over for a minor infraction. The car does not stop, instead turns a corner goes another fifty yards, then stops and someone gets out of the car and starts yelling. Then a man comes out of a house right there and starts yelling, along with four other people, at the police.
And Stenersen was “out of control”?
And then Ewing demands “more respect”?
The Sergeant who showed up later also reported…
John was upset over the way officer Stenersen talked to him. He said that he beleived he had every right to come outside and observe what was going on. I explained to John that he did have that right but that it was an officer safety concern on the officers part because (Ewing’s sister) should have pulled over for officers way before her residence.
John stated that he didn’t like the tone of Stenersen’s voice when he told him to go back inside the residence.
Ewing said he believes the police officer handled the situation poorly.
Hey look we were not there. We are just reading a police report.
Ewing told the OWH that he was just concerned about his family in the car. But we find out that his real beef was that the cop on the scene didn’t use the right tone with him — after he got done yelling at them during a traffic stop.
Well, that’s more of the story for you.
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