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Warminster Officer Charged with Prisoner Harassment and Assault

Cpl. Michael Allan Schmalz has been discharged from the Warminster Police Department over the alleged mistreatment of a suspect in custody in early July.

A former Warminster police officer has been arrested and charged with several counts of harassment and assault following an alleged altercation that occurred at the Warminster Police Department in early July, according to phillyburbs.com.

A preliminary hearing for Cpl. Michael Allan Schmalz, of Warrington, has been scheduled for Oct. 24 before Warrington District Judge Mark Douple. He faces one count of simple assault, one count of harassment and two counts of tampering with public records.

The alleged incident forced Warminster Police Chief Michael Murphy to remove Schmalz from the police department on Aug. 6, Phillyburbs.com reports, just months after his promotion to corporal.

According to the news report, early morning on July 6, Warrington police officers arrested and brought in 31-year-old Shaun Patrick Queeny to the Warminster Police Department for booking for disorderly conduct.

After entering the holding cell shortly after 3 a.m., Queeny began reacting violently by yelling and slapping and kicking the cell door. After Schmalz and other officers entered the room to handcuff him, Queeny then hit the door with his knee. 

Phillyburbs says that video surveillance shows Schmalz and another officer allegedly removing Queeny from the cell and placing him face down on the floor. Schmalz then slapped Queeny several times on the back of the head and gave him a 10-second dose of pepper spray, according to the complaint.

Murphy told phillyburbs.com that Schmalz was placed on administrative leave after the incident and the subsequent investigation showed possible criminal behavior.

Kathryn Kilcoyne September 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
What a shame for Warminster Police. What is even worse is that they cannot solve the murder mystery of two young men at a video store in a Warminster shopping center almost 20 years ago. It is called integrity and they so lack it.
Love25 September 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
@Kathryn, I have always wondered about the west coast video murders. I can not believe they have never been solved. So sad.
Bill Nash September 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Kathryn, Let us not paint the entire Warminster Police Department with the same brush. Nor should we confuse the failure to capture two murderers', with a lack of integrity. Unsolved murders exist in every jurisdiction of substantial population, yet integrity has never been a part of the conversation. As I write this, I am drawn to the headline under 'MOST POPULAR ARTICLES' stating "Officer Bradley Fox Laid to Rest". Do you also consider the Plymouth Meeting Police Department, where Officer Fox was a patrolman, to lack integrity, or is your hatred limited to just the men and women of the Warminster PD? Statements reflecting an attitude such as yours can only lead to even more juvenile delinquency, and an increase in unlawful conduct by young adults. When respect for those who enforce the law is lost, chaos soon follows.
Bruce Coleman September 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM
3 am, disorderly conduct, fighting with the cops in the holding cell? how much crap do the cops have to put up with before they ear alowed to vent? they should have just tazzed mister Queeny until he pissed himself. cpl. schmalz always had my respect and showed me nothing but the same. truely an officer that will be missed on the streets.
Bruce Coleman September 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
as far as the 20 year old murders. you cant bust them if they flee the country.mexico and P.R. dont extradite.
sloopyinca September 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Um, Puerto Rico is a US Territory, you moron.
sloopyinca September 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Why should people respect those that "enforce" the law when those people don't respect the law itself? Assault is assault, and this man was physically assaulted. Police (they should not be called law enforcement officers, as it is actually up to the courts to enforce the laws, not the police) are not entitled to break the law with impunity because someone acts like an idiot, as this guy was doing. All too often, we allow police free reign to do whatever they want. Whether it is through union contracts that place investigations of police brutality outside the purview of the citizens or through laws that give police immunity from prosecution, we have come to live under what is nearing a police state. it is a sad day for America when a group is treated better than the citizenry at large. We have reached that point with today's police officers.
Bill Nash September 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
sloopyinca, Why correct someone, so rudely, with only half of a response, or did you forget about Mexico?
Pamela September 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
yeah cause hollaring and screaming in a confined cell definitely entitles every police officer to ENTER that cell, physically remove and restrain, hit repeated in the back of the head, and pepper spray someone...
Lavender Green September 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
It is sad how the police treat some people, the truth is its not just the warminster police, its all of them! And please don't think I am speaking about all I am sure there are a few who are nice. I no of some who have been brought into the station (or stations) for just questioning, and even though they are innocent they are treated with such harsh tactics. The officers keep people there for hours, they bully them either verbally or physically, some younger people do not have the guts to just get up and walk out! So people remember unless they are arresting you, you have the right to get up and leave. Just because they are wearing a badge does not give them the right to bully. There are people who care and you might find them right there at the station, just remember you have rights. So I commend this person who has stood up against the officer,s and maybe it will make the others think twice!
Ellen Jane Swartz September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Most of those commenting seem to have forgotten or never known that we all have the right to be presumed innocent until convicted by a jury. There has been no such conviction here, merely an accusation. It seems some of you are keen to invoke the law when it suits your purposes ("even though they are innocent they are treated with such harsh tactics") and ignore it when it does not (as when you assume the guilt of an officer who has had no trial and is in the same position as the people brought in for questioning, whose rights you rightly want to safeguard). Why don't you show the same regard for the rights of the officer in this case by affording him the presumption of innocence to which he is entitled by law? The officer in question has the LEGAL RIGHT to a presumption of innocence, as he has not been tried. I hope none of you will ever sit on a jury, at least not until such time as you can learn something about the legal system of the country in which you live.
Pete Krenshaw September 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
While agree with the general sentiment of innocent until proven guilty, wasn't Schmalz caught on video tape assaulting the prisoner? I am sure there will be many rounds to go for the legal process but, let's face it, the evidence appears to be pretty strong against Schmalz.
sloopyinca September 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
The presumption of innocence applies in a courtroom, not the court of public opinion. The man was caught on videotape assaulting a prisoner in his care. What more evidence do you need to reach a conclusion. Are you gonna believe the assaulting cop or your lying eyes? Nidal Malik Hasan has not been convicted for his murderous rampage at Ft Hood either. Do you presume him innocent as well until his trial concludes? Lastly, was the policeman's victim not entitled to due process and a presumption of innocence until his trial? If so, then why was the policeman imprisoning him for something as simple as "disorderly conduct" in the first place?
jf1968 September 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
One less corporal on the local force should save the township some money. Now they can fill the vacancy with a lower paid officer.
Justice Served October 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM
There are a few Warminster police officers that will be exposed for corruption this month..
C. Silva October 06, 2012 at 02:25 AM
FOR YOUR INFO MR. NASH WARMINSTER HAS A BAD REP LETS SEE THE FORMER POLICE OF CHIEF CLAWGES WAS A SICK MAN MESSING AROUND WITH YOUNG GIRLS AND FATHERING A CHILD AND HE WAS MARRIED TOTAL EMBARESSMENT THE SECOND CHIEF GORSINSKI STEALING DRUG MONEY FOR HIS HABITS THEY HAD A PEDOPHILE ON THE FORCE REAL CREEP ANOTHER DRUG ADDICT ON THE FORCE THAT WAS STEALING THE DRUGS AND MONEY HE WAS ASKED TO LEAVE QUIETLY SWEPT UNDER THE RUG NOW THIS OFFICER. HOW MANY OTHER ROTTEN THINGS WENT ON THAT WAS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. DON'T GET ME WRONG THERE A FEW GOOD OFFICERS ON THE FORCE COULD PROBABLY COUNT THEM ON ONE HAND AND MAYBE 2 FROM THE OTHER HAND AND PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO TRUST THEM. I WITNESS A OFFICER SLAM A YOUNG BOY ON THE HOOD OF A CAR THE KID WAS TOTALLY INNOCENT THEN THEY HAD A NERVE TO ARREST HIM FOR TRYING TO DEFEND HIS SISTER. HE WAS TREATED LIKE HE WAS A HARDEN CRIMNAL . THEY WOULD CALL YOU OUT OF YOUR NAME AND SAY WHAT EVER THEY WANTED BUT YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO DUMMY UP AND TAKE IT. THAT'S OK THOUGH RIGHT OH YEA AND HOW ABOUT SEAN SULLIVAN THE BOY THAT WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT HIS HOME BECAUSE YOU HAD GUN TOTEN COPS THAT NEVER LEARNED HOW TO SHOOT THERE WAS NO NEED TO SHOOT THAT MANY TIMES ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAD THESWAT TEAM THERE AND PUTTING BULLETS IN THE NEIGHBORS HOUSE. SO UNLESS YOU EXPERIENCED WARMINSTER'S FINEST MAYBE YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT IT FIRST
C. Silva October 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
JUSTICE SERVED IF THEY DID SOMETHING CORRUPT THEY SHOULD BE EXPOSED! I WOULD LOVE TO READ THAT ONE
Bill Nash October 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
C. Silva -I have experienced 'WARMINSTER'S FINEST' and I have nothing but praise for the officers involved. As a matter of fact, that same praise extends to any contact I have ever had with any of the various jurisdictions within the Commonwealth. Although, to be truthful, my experience with Warminster PD does date back to 1967 when I resided in the township. Obviously, police departments' do change but, as I have recently noticed, so does the population. Actually, the population change here appears to be far greater than in the surrounding jurisdictions. Could that bear some responsibility for the alleged misconduct demonstrated by some officers? There's a moral to this story; if you always display respect for the uniform and badge, you will almost always be treated with equal respect. By the way, C. Silva, I speak with far more experience than you could ever imagine, and I always think first about anything I write.
C. Silva October 08, 2012 at 03:08 AM
B. Nash-- AND SO DO I! YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU WRITE AND SAY!
Devon Van Horn October 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
For the record, we do need to adhere to the same standards of innocent until proven guilty for both parties. video tape or not...
fedup withbitches October 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
People in Warminster sit around and complain about many things. They must not work.
JAG October 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Pepper spray and a few slaps to get some ahole under control ? Yeah, they should have tased him in the balls. You should respect your police. Hope they give him his job back that he has been so good at for so long...
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eddie January 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
He a punk hit is somebody in cuffs for no reasonthat's what they all do the charges shoulda been dropped he should have done jail time just like anybody else he's just a tough guy what a bags
eddie January 18, 2013 at 10:59 PM
you wouldn't be so tough without a badge as a little guys with cuffs pepper spray I know they got tuff withme before there pussy
violet lee May 03, 2013 at 04:35 AM
i know him. queeney is all talk, no game. he was likely just being annoying the cops to kill time and they got fed up with it.

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