Platz Finkbinder arrest Westerburg Holland Evening Sentinel March 18, 1975
SENTINEL TUESDAY, MARCH 18,1975 Officers Arrest City Manager On Drunk Charges REED CITY (UPI) - The big question in legal circles and the coffee shops in Reed City, population 2,290, is: Is it wise for two policemen to arrest the boss? Officers Ted Platz and Larry Finkbeiner were suspended with pay Feb. 28 after they arrested City Manager Ralph Westerburg on a drunk and disorderly charges and held him in Jail overnight until be put up $50 bond the next day. The charge was dropped by the prosecutor's office. Police Chief Philip Rathburn suspended the two policemen but reinstated them over the weekend. Rathburn said he was informed that the city charter does not give him authority to suspend the officers without authority from the city manager -- in this case the man they arrested. Westerburg could, under the charter, according to a councilman, councilman, uphold the suspensions but declined to do so. The case is in the bands of Osceola County Prosecutor James Thompson who s a i d Monday that he Is "investigating the incident and will make a recommendation to the council this week regarding t h e incident." Thompson also said be was probing several other incidents involving arrests by the two officers alleging "abusing police authority."