Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 28, 2014

Cop disciplines remain secret


It is not known how or if the Mt. Vernon Police Department had knowledge of McRoy being a DuQuoin police officer since there is no documentation to support or deny the claim.

The six officers responding to the residence, according to a MVPD report, were: Aaron Wiedemann, Rich Johnston, Andrew Meyers, Rick Stanley, Victor Koontz and Nick Gaines.

In February, the spouse of a Mt. Vernon officer, Erin Bevis Greenwood, was pulled over for a traffic violation in DuQuoin. According to online media reports, Greenwood was cited for improper lane usage at 3:44 a.m. on Feb. 8. City leaders in DuQuoin said the woman was released even though she committed minor acts that could have resulted in an arrest and charges.

According to police dispatch tapes, an officer from DuQuoin, identified as Officer Robinson, called the MVPD to confirm Greenwood was the wife of officer Corey Greenwood. The information was confirmed by the telecommunicator, who also stated Greenwood was on duty in Mt. Vernon at the time.

DuQuoin officials have declined to identify Robinson as the officer disciplined by the city.

DuQuoin Mayor Rex Duncan was not available for comment.

“The facts of what happened and how it happened are important to the investigation,” Neibert said. “The officers were wrong in how they handled the situation in both cities. It should not be happening in the future. Our officers have been counseled that there will be no special treatment.”

Neibert said earlier this week the “professional courtesy” term is not tolerated.

“The only professional courtesy we expect is that officers behave themselves and act appropriately. If they choose not to do so, they should be subject to the same policies placed on the general public,” he said.

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