INTERESTING INCIDENT: FRANKLIN CO. (Royalton) COP ARRESTED, FIRED
FRANKLIN CO.–Royalton police officer Shawn Turner, 38, was arrested last week, reportedly in Eldorado, on a Franklin County warrant. He was subsequently fired from his job at the Royalton police department. (Our apologies for reporting Williamson…we didn’t have a map and were going by memory regarding where Royalton sat, and we made a mistake.)
He’s charged with Official Misconduct and Disorderly Conduct.
However, the circumstances surrounding the alleged incidents are making our bullshit detectors scream, complete with flashing red lights.
The charges read that he “committed criminal trespass to state-supported property, entering the Royalton Police Department’s locked evidence room on Oct. 15,” and that he “transmitted a report to state police Nov. 27 that accused the police chief (presumably of Royalton) of battery, excessive use of force and official misconduct while knowing ‘there was no reasonable grounds for believing such offenses had been committed.’”
No reasonable grounds? Then why go to that much trouble?
Turner might have just really overstepped his bounds (allegedly, of course) by trying to get his boss in trouble over something, for no good reason (as the charges say).
And then on the other hand…he might have been caught trying to bring to light something that he knows is going on, but no one will listen to him about it. We’ve seen it before: you try to call the state police on a high-level official (or even a low-level official) and suddenly YOU’RE the one getting stopped for imaginary traffic code violations, and the official is looking at you sideways every time he sees you…because he was tipped.
Granted, this didn’t happen with Raymond Martin…but it’s like we went through in north Edwards County/West Salem: when you’re not doing anything wrong but the cops are the ones laying in your ditches watching you, who do you call??
This story has all kinds of potential, but because mainstream media is scared of offending law enforcement and public officials, they won’t tell it.
We will…as soon as we have access to documents and start digging.
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