Officers investigated in CPD hooky scandal

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Update: 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18

The Cincinnati Police Department says a pair of police officers watched TV and played video games when they were supposed protecting citizens, and their bosses helped them get away with it.

The department says officers Thomas Schmid and Anthony Dawson were ordered to two months of foot patrol after they were found to be driving without wearing seat belts.

They say the officers instead made a daily habit of reporting to a police substation inside the Hyde Park Plaza and spending their entire shift watching TV and playing video games, and that as many as six supervisors knew about the situation and did nothing.

Other officers in District Two, which covers the east side of the city, apparently weren't happy about the situation and reported it to police brass.

After checking out the reports, police suspended the two officers, and transferred their supervisors. All told, six supervisors were investigated.

Investigators say the scope of this investigation is bigger than just those two officers so they're looking at the entire district, including a couple sergeants who have been in this kind of spotlight before.

"Somewhere between belligerence and apathy unfortunately is what we've discovered out there," said Lt. Col. James Whalen.

"We're hearing time and time again, anecdotally from police officers and supervisors in the field, 'yeah I heard that, I heard there was something going on out there. Yeah, I heard things weren't too good out there,'" said Whalen.

But according to the FOP president, the six supervisors being investigated say they're not aware of anything out of the ordinary at District Two.

Those supervisors include Sergeant Mikle Brown, who was promoted in November 2001 less than a year after pleading no contest to threatening and hitting a female officer in the mouth.

They also include Sergeant Eric Schneider. He was fired from the force in 2003 after being indicted for altering his time sheet. A jury found him not guilty, and he was eventually hired back.

Now they're being investigated again, for what they knew about what was going on here.

By Sunday, those six supervisors will be transferred to other parts of the city.

The investigation could be complete by Monday.