As originally published:
The off-duty cop in question, Adam Siegelbaum, is now working a desk at a Montgomery County Police district office. Maybe he’s in charge of the coffee. Or maybe the water club. Definitely not doing the daily donut runs.
Per the Gazette, the initial police report read:
“Siegelbaum was off-duty at Bailey’s with other officers and a female companion. Just after midnight, a “heated argument” broke out and a male patron was being “ushered” from the bar by “four or five people” when Siegelbaum came up from behind and hit him with a bottle, according to the alleged victim.”
I have to wonder if the ushers were fellow cops. Just like in the old westerns, when a bunch of hefty gunslingers would throw someone out the door. Or through a plate glass window.
In June 2008 Siegelbaum wanted to spread the word to Maryland cops about a fundraiser. A car wash, perhaps? Maybe collecting spare change at a few intersections? Nope. The fundraiser for a fellow MCPD patrol officer killed in the line of duty was held at, you guessed it, Bailey’s..
Officer Adam Siegelbaum’s attorney states that his client asserts his innocence. Note that the attorney doesn’t state his client’s innocence. But that legal rhetoric is common.
Of course, Siegelbaum should be considered innocent. (Until proven guilty.)
An earlier Gazette piece states:
“A MySpace page belonging to a 30-year-old Adam Siegelbaum from Damascus last week read, “Whatever doesn’t destroy me makes me stronger.” It was updated over the weekend to quote Confucius: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
Siegelbaum, 30, is originally from Camp Hill, PA. He attended the University of Delaware, most likely until 2001, majoring in Criminal Justice. He now lives in Damascus, on Shelldrake Ct.
Epilogue: On Tuesday, April 7th Seigelbaum was found not guilty to second degree assault charges in Montgomery County Court. Although found legally “not guilty”, this does not mean Siegelbaum is innocent. He in fact struck a man in what he claimed was self defense.
Siegelbaum will have to face an investigation and possible sanctions at his place of employment. This type of behavior shall never be removed from his jacket. In the meantime, he should do his drinking at home.
There is a Facebook page, and only one, for someone named Adam Siegelbaum. Shortly after this controversy erupted, the photo was changed to a fake photo. It currently shows a photo of Luke Hoffman, a Montgomery County police officer accidentally killed on the job. At one time Hoffman shared a shift with Siegelbaum.
This is sick. What next?
I’ll tell you. Siegelbaum’s Facebook page has since been deleted.