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Pa. Chief Held Without Bail After Cover-up Charges

Pa. Chief Held Without Bail After Cover-up Charges

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The AP via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

SHENANDOAH, Pa. – A police chief, ordered held without bail yesterday on charges that he tried to cover up the fatal 2008 beating of a Mexican immigrant by white teenagers, was named in a 2006 lawsuit that said police had beaten to death a Hispanic teenager, then made it look like a suicide.

Police Chief Matthew Nestor, 33, was not charged in the teenager’s death in November 2004, but the allegations in the lawsuit, in Tuesday’s indictment, and in other civil claims depict a police department with hostility to minorities and a penchant for using excessive force.

Police “acted as feudal warlords in this coal town community that people were afraid of,” said John Karoly, attorney for the parents of David Vega, 18, in the 2006 federal lawsuit against the borough. “I would not suggest they were not abusive to everyone and anyone, but I would say the pattern certainly starts to appear that minorities took the thrust of their abuse.”

The suit names Nestor, Capt. Jamie Gennarini, and the Borough of Shenandoah as defendants. The officers have denied wrongdoing. A civil trial is scheduled for the summer.

Nestor, Lt. William Moyer, and Officer Jason Hayes were charged Tuesday with orchestrating a cover-up as the FBI investigated the fatal attack on Luis Ramirez by a group of high school football players. Hayes dated the mother of one of the accused players, and Moyer’s son played on the football team, according to the indictment.

Gennarini and Nestor were indicted separately in a scheme to extort money from illegal gambling operations.

Yesterday, Nestor was ordered held until trial at a bail hearing in Wilkes-Barre. Judge Malachy Mannion called him “clearly, unequivocally a serious danger to witnesses in this case.”

  • Img00039_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WOW..How we judge w/o all the facts..We don't know these people are untrained, we don't know if the rest of the dept is guilty of anything but ignorance.We do seem to know that the chief (capital letter deliberately ignored) seems to be guilty of many crimes. Let's not blame the entire community for one man's( plus accomplices) wrong doing...Many Thanks to the guys who have to do the dirty job and go after the bad LEO's.Many thanks to the Judge who ordered no bail.Send a message this is happening all too often and the Law Enforcement Community suffers as a whole each time we read about another such occurrence...It's a thankless job for which I am personally thankful that we have the oversight..After all, who watches the watchers ?? God Bless all who must stand tall in this mess, again...Once again, the few make it hard for the many...
    The views expressed here is common opinion of law enforcement as a whole..It sucks ,most are hard working men and women who do the job for the big bucks, oh yeah pay isn't that good..MUST BE FOR THE HONOR of SERVING... Remember all the friends who just kinda 'went away' after you were sworn in ??? Think about it, were they BAD people/Probably not, they just don't trust cops, period.
    This article contains a lesson for all. Question is, are we listening ??

  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    no doubt this is going to be a mess

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    And... His father is the Captain...? OK.
    Thumbs up for the Judge to deny bail.
    Thumbs up for the DOJ and the FBI for getting involved to clean up this mess.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    WTF really a 33 year old " chief " UMMMMMMMMM missing lots of experience. while others pay the price for his stupid in maturity.

  • 011_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Boy am I happy that I retired over 15 year's ago, this type of thing is so far out there in this day and age. Let the lawfull process happen and then change out or rehire people for the whole Department. Thoses that are working there now after a proper background investigation should be the first hired or kept on the job.

  • Cpusey-001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like a lot of trouble coming for this area. I sure would not want to be in their shoes.

  • Mandy_and_me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    33 year old police cheif? Thats the problem with law enforcement in PA. These tiny 5 man back water deptartmnets with no training and little or no hiring standards. I worked in PA as a deputy sheriff for a few years and now after seeing how a larger jurisdiction does things PA is simply way behind the times when it comes to policing. There is little or no over sight for these types of agencies and it is very much a good ol boy network. PA needs to come to the realization that not only do these types of departments have a higher rate of incidents like this but also its just economically smarter to just have a county or regional police force. Not 50 3 to 5 man agencies. Not all these agencies are bad but its just the fact that being from PA I hear about this type of stuff way to often.

  • Airplane_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow, look like this police department needs to be disbanded. Start over with new faces and an appropriate command staff.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    As of now, it sounds as if this department needs a shake up from the top down.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WOW Be interesting to see how this one turns out.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    This puts a HUGE black mark on that entire department. Unbelievable!!!

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hold his feet to the fire.

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