Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 28, 2014

Cop disciplines remain secret

MT. VERNON — Citing it’s a personnel issue, City Manager Ron Neibert has not disclosed the name of the police officer disciplined as a result of an incident involving a DuQuoin police officer who was reportedly extended a “professional courtesy.”

In a joint news release issued Tuesday by the cities of Mt. Vernon and DuQuoin, an investigation uncovered inappropriate procedures within the police departments of both cities. One officer from each department was disciplined, although the extent of the discipline has not been released.

“Employee discipline is a private matter and we’re not obligated to provide information on the incidents,” Neibert said Thursday. “What we’ve done was voluntary and the people responsible were found culpable for their actions. It was wrong and it is not going to happen again and if it does people will be disciplined.”

The incidents which led to the investigation of the officers occurred in December 2013, in Mt. Vernon and in February of this year in DuQuoin.

According to information from the MVPD, six officers responded to a residence in the 1400 block of South 14th Street on Dec. 27. A man from Opdyke called police after hearing gunshots and yells for help from the listed address. A vehicle reportedly took off westbound on Veterans Memorial Drive at a high rate of speed. The reporting person also told police he believed there is a bullet hole in the mobile home.

Officers made contact with Eric McRoy outside the mobile home and residents Josh James and Samantha McRoy were inside the residence. There

had been no gunshots, the report stated. McRoy had been beating on the door of the home and yelling, trying to get his estranged wife to answer the door. The hole in the residence was old damage and McRoy was “sent on his way,” the report stated.

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