A Rochester Township police officer who serves as a faculty useful resource officer mentioned he was “stretching” when requested a couple of cellphone video exhibiting him slumped over on the college constructing Wednesday morning.
Officer Richard Hacker advised Pittsburgh’s Motion Information four reporter Beau Berman he’s the officer captured on cellphone video bent over as kids and oldsters look on.
“That is such a non-story. I have never seen the video but, however I used to be simply bending over doing toe touches. I used to be bending over stretching my hamstrings. That was it. I had a cramp,” Hacker mentioned.
A number of dad and mom reached out to WTAE and questioned the officer’s habits.
WTAE emailed Rochester superintendent of faculties Jane Bovalino however she didn’t reply previous to the publication of this text or the corresponding tv report.
Nevertheless, WTAE did get hold of a duplicate of a letter Bovalino issued to oldsters within the district.
In it Bovalino wrote:
“Expensive Mother and father of the Rochester Space College District:
This morning an incident occurred at safety as our elementary college students have been coming into the constructing. Our safety officers notified the administration of their issues and the person was escorted from the constructing.
As it is a personnel concern, we’re not at liberty to reveal extra data.
The protection of your kids and our workers is all the time our primary concern.”
The letter made no point out of the truth that the person was a police officer and college useful resource officer. A number of dad and mom advised WTAE they have been upset by the lack of understanding contained throughout the letter.
WTAE known as the Rochester Police Division for details about the incident. An officer mentioned he was not allowed to touch upon any case and mentioned all remark must come from Chief George Yaccich who can be again on the division Thursday morning. The officer mentioned he was not permitted to inform Yaccich that WTAE had a pending media query associated to a narrative set to air in the course of the 11 p.m. Wednesday broadcast.
Alerted to the identification of the officer via a tip, Pittsburgh’s Motion Information four visited a listed handle for Hacker. His father opened the door and invited Berman inside.
“I assure you my son just isn’t on medicine,” his father mentioned.
Berman confirmed the daddy the mobile phone video circulating on social media. He mentioned he hadn’t seen the video prior.
The daddy known as Hacker and spoke with him briefly in non-public earlier than placing Hacker on the telephone with Berman. Hacker mentioned he was stretching within the video after which spoke about a wide range of seemingly unrelated matters.
“My spouse was the college photographer final yr. The varsity district is suing my spouse. There may be additionally a private concern between the Police Division and myself as a result of I voted in opposition to the contract,” Hacker mentioned.
He went on to specific disdain for his job.
“I’ve requested to be out of that faculty so many occasions. The chief is not going to hearken to me. I opened a enterprise on the town. My chief did not like that. The chief additionally made up a lie that I used to be participating in exercise with underage women. There was no sexual exercise that befell. This can be a private concern. The varsity is suing my spouse and my spouse is suing the college,” Hacker mentioned.
Berman continued to redirect the questioning again to Hacker’s habits within the video, however he repeatedly strayed off subject.
“I’ve been requesting since final yr, over a yr, to be eliminated as college useful resource officer. However my chief and I do not get alongside. I broke my ribs again in Could and simply returned on the 27th. I even have power lime illness and there’s black mildew on the station.”
Hacker agreed to speak with WTAE in particular person at his house and offered his handle. When Berman confirmed up minutes later and repeatedly knocked on the door, nobody answered.