Wheeling FOP seeks injunction on cruiser petition
WHEELING, West Virginia: In an effort to stop an effort to place the Wheeling Police Cruiser Referendum on the ballot, the Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police is seeking an injunction in Ohio County Circuit Court to prevent any election on the cruiser issue. The referendum calls for the requirement for two police officers to occupy a vehicle when on-duty be abolished. Wheeling FOP president Thomas Howard said that the election should not take place because "This is an illegal petition - the signatures are invalid because they were not witnessed." Howard said he supports the right of the people to petition for a referendum but in this case the signatures were retrieved illegally. Referendum supporters, however, argue differently, they said that the signatures were witnessed and are valid. But Howard insists that the petition is illegal, he added, "There is no way all of those signatures were witnessed."