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Police officer Shawn Geci

January 24, 2011

By Joseph Bell - Record Editor - I think the public outcry regarding gaming violations against Ridgway police officer Shawn Geci has become nothing short but absolutely ridiculous. It has reached the point now where newspaper publications are being ridiculed for publishing the truth. This is just another shameful case where if someone hears something that is bad, they don't want to see it in a newspaper; let's just cover it up. The facts are that an officer of the law was cited for gaming violations and was tried in a court of law, and subsequently found guilty. Based on comments received from internet users as well as those leaving impolite e-mails, it appears that the general public feels this is not news, and that it merits merely "a small paragraph on the last page of the paper." I feel this is incorrect... this story was picked up by the Associated Press, was in every local newspaper in the area and was featured on every news channel within arm's reach... it was even in the Philadelphia Enquirer... yet some feel that newspapers went to "such effort to shame a man." This story required sitting in a courtroom for two hours and another two hours in an office putting together a publishable article; it was not "such effort to shame a man," rather it was merely another honest day's work. One user went so far as to say that Geci wore "his uniform to his hearing so he could proudly display his officer in good standing attire"-- simply utter nonsense and not true; on the day of Geci's hearing, he was clad in a blue dress shirt and black dress pants.
Some have accused newspapers of printing a "sensationalized" version of the story. Dictionaries indicate "sensational" as "producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest"... I can't take credit for that-- facts were merely stated and the words of the people involved were brought to the surface in print; nothing more, nothing less.
Furthermore, it pains me to see that disgruntled readers and internet users missed the entire point of this court case. The point is not that Geci broke the law but rather that the Game Commission willingly let a person off the hook because of his standing as an officer of the law. Yes Geci broke the law but the biggest story was that Game Commission officials admitted, in open court, that they were lenient merely because he was a police officer. Sadly the readers don't see this but rather wish that it never showed up in newspapers at all.

Comments

Police Officer Shawn Geci

April 24, 2011 by Cherry (not verified), 3 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 204

I know police officers are just people too, but he should of known better. He seems to get into more trouble then the other officers. A person has to stop and think is this the kind of person that should be on the police force! I mean is this the kind of person we want our kids looking up to.

Geci

April 13, 2011 by njwilliamson (not verified), 3 years 32 weeks ago
Comment: 193

I believe that Geci is a strong police officer, and upholds all the laws that are put in place as a police officer... If people want to say that he should be fired for a lack of poor judgment on his part OFF DUTY... every one person has made their fair share of slip-up-- there is no reason to punish Geci further then already been done so.

Sean Geci

March 9, 2011 by rufus (not verified), 3 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 179

for a small town there is and tries to be alot of cover up when it comes to the town cops and not just for what they do but what thier friends do. I'm glad justice was served and i'm glad the record had done it job. Hopefully those who fill Sean's job with be a bit more honest.

Game Commission and Officer Geci

February 24, 2011 by LifeTimeInRidgway (not verified), 3 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 173

Good for you Editor Joseph Bell! I did get the point of your article - justice should be fair and punishment based on the crime not who you are. Unfortunately, for too many years residents of Ridgway only want to hear all the news about some (meaning certain last names, certain economic background, certain social groups) and just the good news or bragging rights of others. A good newspaper publishes news on an unbiased basis - good or bad no matter who is involved. They call that journalism! You are a true journalist & keep up the good work! You do have supporters out here.

Shawn Geci Article

February 8, 2011 by Tacklebox (not verified), 3 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 167

Great article on Shawn Geci. Old Saying is if you do the Crime do the Time. No matter who you are. Thanks for the excellent coverage and now finish the story. Do a story of why the Borough Council does not fire Shawn Geci!!! Then you can say you did a good job! How can he continue to serve as an officer of the law when he has violated the law and he has violated his own oath which he took when he put on the uniform. That is to uphold the law. There is no doubt he should be fired and should have been put on non paid leave until this whole thing was settled then fired without pay. Not only is the Game Commission at fault but so is the Borough Council and Chief of Police or maybe even the Mayor. Like I say do a story on that subject then you can say the newspaper has done it's job and hasn't covered up anything like the others have.

Geci

January 29, 2011 by Jess2728 (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 160

I agree with you totally. This was all the game commission. They were the reason the officer got off. What I don't understand is this is not his first time doing this. So why do they let him keep his badge? If that was you or me they would have thrown the book at us if it was our second time. And more than that, how are the people of Ridgway supposed to have respect for him after everything he has done and got away with? I think that this is so wrong on everyone's part. The game commission, the police department, the court system and us as a town. As that judge said, shame on us as a town, shame on us.

I think Geci should be fired

February 6, 2011 by kandy (not verified), 3 years 41 weeks ago
Comment: 163

I think Geci should be fired or at least spend sometime in jail.It's not his first time being busted by the game commission and will not be his last because he knows he's just going to get a slap on the wrist. Nobody is going to respect him as a police officer, hes already broke the law... fire his ass, it's never to late to give him the boot. As far as the game commission he should be fired too, he didn't do his job like he should have.

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