The police union president in Lorain, Ohio, denies allegations by a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter that he has been harassed by police officers there, reports the Lorain Morning Journal. Plain Dealer Managing Editor Thomas O’Hara wrote a letter to Lorain city officials alleging that police officers were lurking around reporter Mark Puente’s family at a high school football game. O’Hara said someone let air out of Puente’s vehicle tires while it was parked at Lorain City Hall.
The FBI is investigating. Puente is working on an investigative piece about the Lorain Police Department. Union president Buddy Sivert said Puente has been contacting police officers on personal phone lines. “Naturally, the police officers are upset about that and don’t appreciate being called at home,’ Sivert said. O’Hara has said Puente is merely doing his job as a journalist.