Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Not a police apologist here, but photographs don't mean squat The beer cans could be empty and you couldn't tell in a picture. Right now I'm looking a big set of lips talking to me on TV. I know it ain't real but there is the picture Pictures like that are NOT good evidence of drinking
But they weren't empty
failure to take enforcement action against four underage girls who had been drinking and had possession of alcohol at Hepner's home
And most local uniforms can smell a drop of alcohol on a person's breath at 10 paces. Tell yourself that these pictures aren't symptomatic of a larger problem.
This is probably a pack of lies too:www.register-mail.com/stories/030406/MAI_B958FK5I.GID.shtml
MONMOUTH - Aaron Warrington, 25, of Monmouth is a well-known figure in the city's law enforcement community.
He's the one who gave photos of Monmouth police officers and underage females drinking alcohol to the Warren County Sheriff's office. He's also facing charges of battery of Randy Ewing, one of the police officers who was involved in the August incident.
Ewing and another officer, Terry Hepner, were suspended without pay for five days. Another officer, Brian Hall, was disciplined but not suspended. Officials have said the girls brought alcohol to Hepner's home. Ewing, who was on duty, was photographed with them while in his uniform.
Warrington says he got the photographs from a friend of the girls' before leaving copies at the sheriff's department. Before he gave the photos to the department, Warrington says officers harassed and tried to intimidate him.
"They knew I had the photos and they kept on harassing me," Warrington said. "They'll drive by here, smile, then wave a peace sign."
If someone came into his office complaining of intimidation, Warren County State's Attorney Chip Algren said, he would respond by having the Illinois State Police investigate the case. But that hasn't happened, he said.
"Not a single person has come into my office and said, 'I've been intimidated,'" Algren said.
Before the photos surfaced, Algren said he didn't know who might have them.
"I'd heard rumors that there were some type of photographs floating about," he said. "I had no idea who had them."
Before Warrington gave investigators the photos, Algren already knew him.
Warrington is charged with two counts aggravated battery for allegedly hitting Ewing on the chest and spitting on him, court records show. The charges are still pending, with a trial scheduled for April.
Warrington disputes the charges and says Ewing was rough with him. Algren says he can't say much about the case other than that another officer besides Ewing was present during the incident and physical force was needed to restrain Warrington.
Warrington admits he's not perfect and has been in trouble with the law before.
Still, he says there's no excuse for police officers to ignore underage drinking.
"I want the people to see how it is around here," he said.
Warrington says the punishment was too light for the officers.
"I don't think they should have their jobs," he said.
Although other Monmouth residents may not be as well acquainted with the police officers as Warrington, several expressed similar sentiments. They said it was a double standard for officers to ignore underage drinking and not be prosecuted in court.
When asked to provide their names, the residents declined, saying they didn't want to be targeted in a small town.
"It doesn't make the department look very professional," said one man. "There's a lot of people that are definitely upset about it. It doesn't make our community look very good."
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