Mayor recommends 10-day suspension for Warren police chief

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - The mayor is recommending the city's police chief be suspended for 10 days because he was caught on videotape joking with another officer about an informant.

The recommendation comes at a time when the department has been in the spotlight because of the video, accusations of illegal strip searches and a high-profile videotaped arrest in which white officers were in a confrontation with a black suspect.

Mayor Henry J. Angelo on Monday recommended the suspension of Chief John Mandopoulos, saying the chief acted in a manner that brings disrespect to the police department and failed to control the actions of a lower ranking officer.

Mandopoulos was shown mugging for the amateur camera as another officer made jokes about an informant in front of a night club in May.

If affirmed by the city Civil Service Commission on Thursday, the suspension will begin Nov. 25.

Mandopoulos' attorney, Dennis Haines, said the chief will appeal.

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