Police disagree with prosecutor letting Frank Clark off with a fine

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The prosecutor who gave Seahawks second-round draft pick Frank Clark a plea deal that allowed him to get off with a $250 fine on a domestic violence charge is facing criticism from the local police chief and others.

Sandusky, Ohio, prosecutor Lynne Gast-King claims she allowed Clark to plead down to disorderly conduct after he was originally charged with assault and domestic violence because she does not believe Clark struck the victim. But the police report says Clark punched the victim in the case and includes photographs with bruises on the victim consistent with such an attack. The local police chief, Ken Klamar, says he can’t understand why the prosecutor doubts the information in the police report.

I disagree with her,” Klamar told the Sandusky Register. “I believe what was written [in the police report] is an accurate portrayal of what happened that night. . . . The professional work that we did was tremendous and similar to any other domestic violence incident we would handle. They were not mutual combatants. His strength versus her strength? His size versus her size? Without question, [Clark] was the aggressor in that incident, and I stand by the work. I stand by the decision to file charges of domestic violence and assault, and I don’t see it any other way.”

The Seahawks have faced scrutiny for picking Clark despite the domestic violence accusation, but General Manaager John Schneider says he does not believe Clark hit the victim. Schneider hasn’t said why he thinks the information in the police report is wrong.

56 responses to “Police disagree with prosecutor letting Frank Clark off with a fine

  1. I’m hoping to read a bunch of Seahawks fans comments on here CONDEMNING this pick after all the ridicule they’ve sent toward other teams with players accused of domestic violence. Don’t let me down guys.

  2. At the end of the day Clark wasn’t charged or prosecuted. And he’d still have been drafted, probably by the Cowboyz…deal with it!

  3. Has anyone in the media ever considered that this story may actually be bigger than a ball being deflated by the weight of a dollar bill.

    The arbiter of all the world’s knowledge , Ted Wells, is available to tell the truth (according to Goodell).

    Ted Wells =American Idol
    The media = Idol Worshipers
    .

  4. Police Chief can likely be sued for saying that. It’s defamation. We have no idea what happened…obviously the Seahawks and prosecutor feel they do.

  5. And this is exactly why the NFL should NOT use the judicial system outcome to determine the punishment they are going to hand out.

  6. Clearly the prosecutor understood that Clark was concerned for his safety, and was just defending himself. When you are defenseless and weak, you must fight back against an aggressive woman. He should do well in the NFL.

  7. For the police chief to speak out like this he must feel pretty strongly. With today’s political climate, i think this could escalate in the media.

  8. Initially I didn’t condone the Hawks picking him, but… it seems there’s something bigger at play here. I thought Schneider was making stuff up about Clark not punching her, but then comes this female prosecutor confirms that.

    You’d think a female prosecutor would have extra sympathy for the female victim. This is troubling me a bit… and there seems to be more than it meets the eye.

  9. He may have hit her. The police though seem to think that because of “his size vs her size” and “his strength vs her strength” mean that he MUST have been the aggressor as well. From what I understand, she said she was the aggressor and bit his nose. That does not mean he should HIT her, but his size and strength doesn’t mean he DID hit her either.

    This case is not clear. Seattle took an informed gamble. If he did do it…then as a Seattle fan this pick disgusts me. For now, it makes me throw up in my mouth a bit.

  10. 49erstim says:
    May 8, 2015 6:30 AM
    I’m hoping to read a bunch of Seahawks fans comments on here CONDEMNING this pick after all the ridicule they’ve sent toward other teams with players accused of domestic violence. Don’t let me down guys.
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    WE FANS didnt pick this guy so hush that up, first and foremost any type of DV should not be tolerated and whoever felt it was ok to pick him they did. EVERY team in the NFL has something they have to deal with not just the Hawks and when there turn comes up we all with talk about there team as well!

  11. Truly classless organization! Ravens, Cowboys, Seahawks, are ruining the NFLs good name. Thank goodness for Mr Kraft and the Patriots!

  12. This is not surprising. Anyone who’s ever known a woman who has had to deal with domestic assault, threats from an ex, stalking or the like will tell you that the legal system generally does very little, if anything, to protect abused women.

    An aquaintance of mine had to live with a man for almost a year before he was finally put behind bars for a lengthy stay – for other charges, of course. Every time he was picked up for abusing or threatening my friend, he was released within a few days. And this was a guy with a history of violent criminal behavior (which my friend was unaware of until it was too late).

    THAT is why you see victims retracting their statements all the time. They’re simply afraid. The courts release an abuser until his court date months down the road. Where do they think the guy is going to go other than home to his woman?

    These situations certainly put the NFL in a tough spot. Criminals have always been welcome in the NFL. There’s just a lot more public scrutiny now.

  13. hate the pick. I don’t care how good of a player he might be. There are some lines you just don’t cross.

    #12since76

  14. The evidence shows the woman bit Clark’s face when he tried to restrain her and he pushed her away where she fell.

    Her words.

    Research it.

    Sorry, the cops don’t have a good track record.

  15. Um mancave, the Police Chief is merely defending his police officers. Everything he is saying is now public knowledge. Also this is the NFL talent will play. Teams will take chances on guys with questionable character. Deal with it people.

  16. So, its ironic that the prosecutor is a female, but police chief is male,yet she let Clark plead down. Right now the police have very little credibility in light of various incidents across the nation.

  17. I am so glad that the police chief is questioning the prosecuter in this case. Of course the Seahawks didn’t look for more evidence. They want/need Frank Clarke on their team. The fact that the university kicked him off the team should have raised red flags but hey we need to win the super bowl.

    The fact that the prosecuter is also a women is more troubling. Why wasn’t the witness spoken to by anyone.

  18. Local law enforcement should keep their mouths shut after they hand over the report to the DA/prosecutor. It is not their job to decide who should be prosecuted or plea to a lesser charge.

  19. This is not the first time this fellow has been in trouble.

    It’s NEVER a good idea to go easy on repeat offenders. Let’s see how long before he makes the police blotter again.

  20. So really the only person in the story who isn’t biased – the prosecutor – who if anything is most likely to try and convict, says after talking to the victim(s) and the Ms. Hurt’s mother and all witnesses associated with the case says that she doesn’t believe that Frank struck Ms. Hurt. Additionally, Ms. Hurt was viewed as the aggressor. Frank Clark did a stupid thing. He should’ve walked away. He didn’t beat a woman. The prosecutor, who gains no benefit from saying so, agrees with the story.

    Please 49erstim, continue to view the word of a scared siblings and a police report founded off of excited witnesses as sound. It’s not like people ever sensationalize anything. Cops are infallible right?

    We’re starting to see the other side of the powerful Domestic Violence movement. I don’t support domestic violence and I think perpetrators should have the book thrown at them, but the unintended consequence of this policy is that players are now a huge target.

  21. How do media members buy some lame stories and not others? Explain that please. This man is a felon and was before he attacked Ms. Hurt. Home invasion isn’t like stealing from an unlocked car, either.

    The only real differences I see are two: 1. Reports say Hardy had guns out on a bed which is his 2nd amendment right to own (but certain people want the government to have the monopoly on violence therefore hate public gun ownership) 2. the teams who signed these guys.

  22. This is a true instance where both parties were at fault. Is he not allowed to have a career now? The prosecutor thought so. This isn’t Greg Hardy here people. And he never struck her.

  23. @mancave not an issue. Defamation, Slander and Libel are only enfroced if its proven to be an untrue statement. A police investigation indicated that those events occurred. A prosecutor lowering the charges does not change that. Anybody CAN be sued for anything. Not a chance that the Chief would lose.

  24. “After reviewing the photographs, I’ve determined that Mr. Clark’s fist was struck by this woman’s face, and as such, Mr. Clark will not be charged with domestic violence.”

    -Lynne Gast-King

  25. mancave001 says:
    May 8, 2015 6:59 AM

    Police Chief can likely be sued for saying that. It’s defamation. We have no idea what happened…obviously the Seahawks and prosecutor feel they do.

    Well, obviously The University of Michigan agreed with the cops on this one. Clark was dismissed, and never allowed back with the team. The prosecutor went easy on him.

  26. The local radio station had the woman on who called the cops that day. She heard the noise and went next door and Clark tried to slam the door on her. She pushed back with her foot and saw his girlfriend out on the floor. She also stated that nobody from the prosecutors office, NFL or the police contacted her at anytime after her initial report. The woman seemed very reliable.

  27. To a hammer everything looks like nails. To a police officer on a DV call, everything looks like DV. His words say it all. He looked at Clark and his then-girlfriend and because of the size and strength difference assumed Clark HAD to be the aggressor. None of the “witnesses” actually saw what happened. When a police officer assumes DV, the only evidence he sees is that which reinforces his conclusion. Not surprised he disagrees with the prosecutor, but that doesn’t make him right and her wrong just by saying it.

  28. Just threw the ticket into his glove box with a couple unpaid parking tickets and moved on.

  29. THE SEA-ADDERAL CHEATHAWKS PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO REDEEM THEIR EMBARRASMENT LAST FEBRUARY…….LMAO. STAY CLASSY PETEY

  30. “None of the “witnesses” actually saw what happened.”

    Wrong. Both of her brothers were there, saw what happened and were never interviewed.

  31. Based on the information the police provided, and the eyewitness reports of the condition the woman was in right after, the idea that they were “mutal combatants” and “they both had their part in this” (as the prosecutor said) seems like a huge stretch. If you followed the money, you might find some in the prosecutor’s bank account.

  32. To 49erstim: I’m from Seattle, and a diehard Hawks fan and I can tell you that there is plenty of condemnation from the media and from the fans for this pick by the Seahawks.

    I typically take the stance that the prosecutor has the most information and is in the best position to decide if charges should be filed in a case. I felt the same way about Bruce Miller (who ended up not being charged with what he was arrested for).

    The police report saying that “Clark punched the victim in the case” doesn’t necessarily mean that it happened (yes, I’ve read the police report – documentcloud.org). The police report also says “Frank killed Diamond” (Diamond is the girlfriend’s first name), and we all know that this didn’t happen even though it’s in the report.

    I hate domestic violence and I’m not a fan of this pick, but the prosecutor investigated and made her decision. At some point you just have to trust that the people who are doing their job know what they are doing (even though we know this isn’t always true…)

  33. 6ball says:
    May 8, 2015 6:56 AM
    Has anyone in the media ever considered that this story may actually be bigger than a ball being deflated by the weight of a dollar bill.
    =====================================

    Brady cheated, got busted and will be punished. Deflecting to other players and crimes won’t change a thing. You’ll just have to accept it.

  34. Sometimes I wonder which world people who comment here live in. It’s obviously some fantasy land where the rest of us don’t reside as what people think the penalties for domestic violence or even more despicable crimes like child molestation are. I can name a couple of white collar executive types that I’ve known professionally for years who have both had multiple DV incidents that resulted in next to nothing happening (either for them criminally after pleading down or at work), not to mention all the politicians who have been caught up in domestic violence incidents. These are your court systems at work, so stop selectively getting upset at one guy when this happens all the time (Jim Lampley anyone).

  35. Why don’t these guys just walk away. When you get in an argument with a woman and walk away, it’s almost a guarantee that they will you within an hour. At that point you make a decision to move on or go back. There is never a reason to scream, yell at, or certainly strike a woman.

  36. Franky, it’s not the Police Chief’s business how the prosecutor handles the charge. The police did their job in arresting him, but it’s up to the Prosecutor and, later, the judge to decide on conviction and punishment.

  37. As a police officer, I can tell you that we rarely think the suspect/defendant gets an appropriate sentence. But, if you live and die by what the prosecutor does on every case you submit then you will drive yourself insane and end up with many ulcers.

    Police Officers jobs are to conduct an investigation and submit an honest report. They do not prosecute or convict. Move on to the next case officer, and do the best you can.

  38. It’s pretty obvious that the prosecutor is just covering her ass here. She’s an elected official and this situation is a potential powder keg come re-election time. The bottom line is the Seahawks did as little due diligence as possible and put their need of a pass rusher ahead of their interest in not having scumbags on roster.

  39. This happens all the time now, every DA knows how easy it is to get a guilty person to go free, so they just save time and money. Recently there was a guy run over and killed. The guy was run over by a local business owner. People witnessed her get into her truck drunk, they found the truck at her house with damage and DNA all over it, but because no one seen her hit him they let her go. Because in court, it doesn’t matter if they seen her get into the truck drunk, have a timeline that puts her at the scene and then find her damaged truck at her house. Because they can’t prove that she was actually driving at the time they let he go, not even a trial.

  40. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 8, 2015 8:00 AM
    The evidence shows the woman bit Clark’s face when he tried to restrain her and he pushed her away where she fell.

    Her words.

    Research it.

    Sorry, the cops don’t have a good track record.
    ======

    No it doesn’t. Unless witnesses aren’t evidence. Two witnesses gave statements that he punched her repeatedly.

    Where are his injuries from this supposed bite? And I don’t care, frankly, what she says. Victims of domestic abuse lie every single day out of fear of their attacker.

  41. The cop should get sued for saying that. Frank should look into that.

    The police report is the FIRST step in the process and usually holds lots of emotional half-truth statements by those involved.

    If we convicted people based on a police report the justice system would be broken and unfair.

    Her kids told the cops that he killed her…is she dead? No just another inaccurate emotional statement in a police report.

  42. The simple way to deal with this is whomever hits/kicks/bites/throws something etc. first, should be the one charged with DV. Sure, many women live in fear of their partners but many also are abusive and have no fear because if the male strikes back he is ostracized.

  43. Some of you kids still think the world is perfect. Many of you are obviously commenting without the help of having any experience in long-term relationships. Certainly not relationships with strong women who have opinions they aren’t afraid to share with you.

    Fights happen, yelling happens sometimes…but hitting should NEVER happen.

    I am a big guy like frank and all my life the women I have been with thought I was indestructable. Like I am a giant and they can’t hurt me..WRONG!

    And pain brings anger so you BETTER be good at walking away if you are a big guy. Control yourself or you end up in jail cause the cops are scared of you too. They will slap the cuffs on the big guy quick to make sure they are safe.

  44. 6ball says:
    May 8, 2015 6:56 AM

    Has anyone in the media ever considered that this story may actually be bigger than a ball being deflated by the weight of a dollar bill.

    The arbiter of all the world’s knowledge , Ted Wells, is available to tell the truth (according to Goodell).

    Ted Wells =American Idol
    The media = Idol Worshipers

    ——————————————————-

    Funny how it’s Cheatriot fans that have a hard time understanding fair play and facts in general!
    .

  45. skawh says:
    May 8, 2015 5:01 PM
    “So Brady lying makes it O.K. for the Seattle F/O to lie lol? What a powerful argument. How about if we agree that both should show greater integrity. That’s fine by me, but I know in advance it won’t be fine by you.”
    ——-
    Wrong assumption by you. Being a Vet, and retired law enforcement, I know a lot about integrity and what it means to me. However, if a prosecutor chooses not to prosecute, it was his call to make. Condemning Seattle for drafting Clark after the fact is nothing but jumping on the band wagon created media by the media, as in fact no prosecution occurred. Conviction in the court of public opinion, by those who weren’t witnesses to the actual events of whatever occurred, who are now sliming Clark’s name based upon mere hearsay, lacks, and dare I say it, INTEGRITY!

    Actually the fact that you’re retired law enforcement means that you probably have no clue what the word integrity even means

  46. conormacleod says:
    May 8, 2015 11:16 AM
    As a police officer, I can tell you that we rarely think the suspect/defendant gets an appropriate sentence. But, if you live and die by what the prosecutor does on every case you submit then you will drive yourself insane and end up with many ulcers.

    Police Officers jobs are to conduct an investigation and submit an honest report. They do not prosecute or convict. Move on to the next case officer, and do the best you can.

    What happened to you in your life that was so bad that it caused you to want to be a police officer? Whatever it was I’m sorry I feel really bad for you. You’ll never know what it means to really live life.

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