A Sandusky, Ohio police officer and member of the Warthogs Motorcycle Club quit the force last week. The resignation was part of the fall out after a Warthog named Melvin D. Burns, Jr. attempted to provoke a confrontation with members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club at a Sandusky bar called The Original Margaritaville.
In his resignation papers, Burns said he intends to retire. The Warthogs MC defines itself as a fraternal organization whose goal is to “develop a bond between Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Correctional Officers and Officers of the Court, and to assist Officers and Firefighters and their families in time of need.”
According to a complaint filed by Christian Miller, one of the Outlaws who witnessed the confrontation, the incident began when “A member of the Warthogs was winking and blowing me kisses. After two or three minutes, I approached him and told him I wasn’t sure what his problem was, but he had better stop.”
Burns then intentionally bumped into Miller and said, “I heard you boys gotta problem with one of my boys.”
Miller replied, “I haven’t talked to a cop, unless you’re boy is a Warthog.”
Miller then asked Burns if he was a member of the Warthogs to which Miller replied, “Maybe.” Burns, who was in uniform and on duty then told another Outlaw, “You know who the fuck I am and you better keep your boys on a leash>”
At that point a third Outlaw inquired, “You want to step into the motorcycle world or are you a cop?”
Burns allegedly replied, “Game on.”
The incident might have been glossed over but the Sandusky Police Department has been trying to fire Burns for years. On June 30, 2007 then Lieutenant Melvin Burns threatened to kill a bouncer at another Sandusky area bar called the Beer Barrel Saloon after the bouncer refused to admit Burns’ son, Manuel Seidelman, without proper identification.
During that altercation, Burns reportedly assaulted other police officers who tried to get him to leave and was eventually arrested after he challenged the officers, “Do you know who I am? You can’t take me. Let me see you take me.”
At the time Tim Niese, Burns former training officer and one of the owner’s of the Beer Barrel Saloon, called Burns conduct “typical.”
Burns, who insisted on a jury trial, was eventually convicted of disorderly conduct and fired. He filed a grievance with the police union and was eventually reinstated as a patrol officer.