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Bad Boys of SPD: Investigation Reveals Police Bad Behavior
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Illicit drug use, possession of stolen electronics, forging documents, and disregarding privacy laws to name a few. It's not what you'd expect from Springfield's finest, but those are just some of the bad things an Illinois State Police report found about the alleged past behavior of two SPD detectives. ABC Newschannel 20 took the city to court to get the report. The first batch of documents is in our hands, and it reads like a Hollywood drama: sex with a witness, use of illegal drugs, and repeated violations of policy. The facts from the investigation on actions made between 2002 AND 2006 finally made public.
"You got officers sleeping with people they're trying to interview. I mean it runs the gamut and guys know they're doing it. Guys are keeping their mouth shut. I can see why the police department did not want this investigation out," Springfield Alderman Frank Edwards said.
The investigation surrounds the alleged actions of Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham. Carpenter still works at SPD. The report reveals that an e-mail describes how two detectives, Carpenter included, knew Graham slept with and did drugs with a woman who witnessed a 2003 double-homicide on Cook Street.
"We suppressed it, and that gives them further credence that it's okay. It's not okay," Edwards said.
State Police also dug into repeated violations of abuses of search warrants, sometime finding they were conducted without proper documentation, authorization, or notification of everyone who should have gotten the memo."Once you have a department that has a mindset of corruption and can do anything they want, it takes years and administration-- changes of administration-- to get rid of that kind of thinking," Edwards said