Warren police Chief Eric Merkle should pursue administrative charges against suspended officer Reuben Shaw.
About nine months ago, Merkle suspended Shaw and turned evidence over to the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation for an impartial probe into what Merkle said might be criminal behavior.
BCI last month turned its findings over to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins' office. Watkins' office has yet to make a decision on whether to charge Shaw. Watkins has said he would not rush; doing it right is more important.
Meanwhile, Shaw continues to get paid. Taxpayers have spent about $50,000 so far in salary and benefits but received no law enforcement services in return.
As Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out, nothing is preventing the city from pursuing administrative charges that could lead to discipline. Such action would be fair to taxpayers, who should stop paying for an officer to do nothing. If Shaw is innocent, this action would also be fair to his family, which deserves to move on without this cloud hanging over them.