Cincinnati’s police union president has given the order for the union attorney to explore the idea of suing radio mogul motorola over $5 million in faulty radios issued last spring.
CPD union president Dan Hils of Fraternal Order of Police lodge #69 has ordered attorney Stephen Lazarus to “ research the union’s standing for a lawsuit against Motorola, Inc.,” citing faulty radios that resulted in officers’ calls for backup being unheard.
The lawsuit comes in light of a series of malfunctions in which the radios -which were pushed by Motorola following an announcement that they would no longer service the old radios- failed to function, with Hils saying the radios require “constant redesign and repair.”
One incident involved a shooting, where a suspect fired shots during a festival and officers in pursuit were unable to coordinate.
“Officers in pursuit of the subject and officers dealing with the crowd were unable to transmit,” he said.
At one point, radio issues became so bad that the CPD Chief ordered all officers to ride in two-man units to bolster officer safety where communication may be an issue.
“The ability to communicate reliably and instantly is a matter of life and death to police officers in the field,” Hils said in a statement. “I feel Motorola Inc. and possibly some members of city administration are liable to this threat to our officer’s safety. No matter the cost, this problem must be fixed immediately before there is a tragedy.”
According to WCPO, Hils claims the Fire Department has had issues with the radios as well.
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