Brian Dorin, a Cleveland officer we first reported on for threatening to run over and shoot activists, is now being investigated by a civilian review board for his alleged misconduct. Alana Belle, the student activist at whom the officer directed his threat, filed the complaint against Officer Dorin.
The Cleveland Police Department (CPD) has also begun their own separate investigation and has assigned their Internal Affairs division to evaluate the incident.
That’s good news. And a rational response. A member of the public is filing a complaint against a public servant and is told that her request will be honored.
In a recent phone conversation with Belle, however, she says that since she began the process of filing a formal complaint, the police have, at least six times, followed her when she leaves her home, work, or from her evening writer’s workshop.
She also said that during subsequent Tamir Rice protests, legal observers from the National Lawyer’s Guild and other activists revealed to her that the police are singling her out as one of “the leaders” and, during the protests, closely monitor her.
As we have seen in the past, police precincts are known to go on the offensive and engage in misconduct against individuals they find out to be filing complaints.