CLEVELAND, Ohio — “Don’t be an idiot.”
That’s the message Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr is trying to make crystal clear.
She made Shena Hardin wear an “idiot” sign when she drove around a school bus full of kids.
Now, a man has called 911 and threatened the lives of the people who protect and serve all of us: police officers. That man is Richard Dameron, 58, and here is the text of just a couple of the 911 calls:
— Dispatcher: I’m sorry? Dameron: “I want Officer Simone in my face, or I’m going to kill two cops. Bye.”
— Dispatcher: What city is your emergency? Dameron: “I want to kill three cops. Bye.”
On Feb. 3, 2013, he called 911 and threatened to kill officers, including recently retired Officer Jim Simone. Police traced the calls, and Dameron was quickly picked up.
But Simone said he doesn’t understand why he was called out. He doesn’t remember arresting Dameron. Dameron’s been arrested many times on drug and alcohol related charges dating back to the 1970s.
Dameron will spend 90 days in jail for making false alarms and menacing.
When he gets out, he will have to stand in front of the Second District Police Department building the entire first week of June from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., he will hold a sign that reads:
“I APOLOGIZE TO OFFICER SIMONE, HIS FAMILY, ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND MS. ADKINS FOR THREATENING TO KILL THEM. I WAS BEING AN IDIOT AND IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.”
Ms. Adkins is his son’s girlfriend whom he also threatened.
“I’m sure it was pretty shocking for him (Simone) and his family to get a call from the police station saying we have this guy calling and he’s threatening to kill you, and in a separate call he threatened to kill 2 to 3 other police officers,” said Judge Pinkey Carr. “He seemed remorseful. He apologized a few times, but the only explanation he could give me was that he was drunk.”
Carr believes she has to get creative to get through to certain people.
“It definitely sends a message because people won’t forget. I remember with my last case people drove by and were like ‘you are an idiot’ – for me that’s a deterrent. If you engage yourself in this behavior, you may subject yourself to this kind of sentence.”