Solon Councilman Eugene Macke Bentley said at the Monday City Council meeting that he was disturbed by a recent call made to the Solon Police Department and wants continued dialogue on the matter.
During a Sept. 18 call, officers were dispatched to the Giant Eagle Market District to investigate a report of suspicious activity. A black male, 35, of Bedford was loading groceries into his Sport Utility Vehicle at about 2 p.m., according to the report.
Officers observed that the vehicle in question did not have a visible tag so they stopped the vehicle, Lt. Jamey Hofmann said. Police had a “cordial dialogue” with the driver, and the tag was found to be in the back window behind heavily tinted glass, he said, adding that the man went on his way.
“Police were called on an individual for loading groceries in his car,” Mr. Bentley said. “It’s kind of disturbing to me and I talked to several residents” who were also disturbed.
Mr. Bentley said there is a meeting scheduled “with the powers that be” to figure out what happened and how to proceed with these kinds of events moving forward.
“We are taking a look at it and are going to come to an agreement” so all parties understand the event and its ramifications, he added.
Mayor Edward H. Kraus said that, when someone makes a call to police, you never know where their heart is or the state of their spirit.
“You can’t control what someone does, but we can make sure police officers respond in a professional way,” Mayor Kraus continued.
He said police in this situation “de-escalated” the issue.
“I want to thank our police department for the response they gave to a situation that could have escalated,” he said.
Mayor Kraus said it is their duty by law to respond to calls.
“Our top priority is the professionalism and the response of our officers,” he said. “We have to handle what is under our control.”
Mayor Kraus said people have to be very cognizant and careful when they call the police and the issue at hand.
“The officer has an obligation,” he said. They screen the call and have to respond and then make a professional judgment, he said
“Once they realized that there was not a violation, the person was released,” he said. “They did excellent work.”