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Retiring Suffern Police Officer Ends Suit Threat, Has Charges Dropped

Lance Weinstein, who is retiring from the Suffern Police Department, has agreed not to sue the village and police Chief Clarke Osborne in exchange for the dropping of disciplinary charges that bought against him earlier this year.
Lance Weinstein, who is retiring from the Suffern Police Department, has agreed not to sue the village and police Chief Clarke Osborne in exchange for the dropping of disciplinary charges that bought against him earlier this year. Photo Credit: News 12 screen shot

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- A Suffern police officer, who had been threatening to sue department brass, backed down this week after the village agreed to drop disciplinary charges against him, according to a report by lohud.com.

Lance Weinstein, a 46-year-old veteran cop who has been on medical leave for two years ever since he was injured by a drunken driver, had been arrested in February after police accused him of violating a court order requiring him to stay at least 500 feet away from his former wife, according to media reports.

Weinstein, who is retiring, had been spotted by a fellow officer and Chief Clarke Osborn while he was taking his children to see relatives – and was apparently too close to his ex’s Suffern home, a previous lohud.com story said.

The criminal contempt charge was tossed by a judge this spring for lack of sufficient cause but the departmental disciplinary charges -- which included insubordination and cursing -- remained and the village says Weinstein settled rather than lose back pay and health benefits, lohud.com reported.

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