4 Wyandotte County law enforcement officers have been billed with misdemeanor crimes by District Legal professional Mark Dupree on Wednesday, who promised to investigate all wrongdoing by law enforcement.

3 ended up billed in a December 2019 hit-and-operate in a Unified Governing administration car, with two charged with trying to protect it up. A fourth officer was charged with using the services of a prostitute.

Dupree also declared that his Group Integrity Device was up and running as of Wednesday, nevertheless the 4 cases did not come from that effort. The new device will get the job done to boost the community’s relations with the police and has an independent assessment procedure for insignificant and misdemeanor issues brought by the local community. A bilingual hotline was operational as of Wednesday at 913-573-8100.

Dupree claimed holding law enforcement officers accountable was specially significant in a county the place a infamous police officer allegedly abused gals for a long time.

As KCUR has noted, previous Kansas Town, Kansas, law enforcement officer Roger Golubski is staying investigated by the FBI and faces allegations in a civil lawsuit that he exploited vulnerable Black gals for sexual favors, coercing some into fabricating testimony to apparent situations he investigated.

There’s no magic formula about Golubski, Dupree stated, which has remaining “many of our citizens with open up wounds.”

“I imagine it’s significant for the local community to know that regulation enforcement’s task is to guard and to provide and the broad greater part of regulation enforcement usually takes that really serious,” he stated. “But for all those who dare to stain the belief of the local community with such functions — it will not be tolerated.”

Michael Demile Simmons, Jr., an investigator with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office environment since 2008, was charged with driving the car or truck that crashed on Interstate 70. Sarah G. Panjada, a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective, and Andrew J. Carver, a important in the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office environment, the two encounter two counts of attempting to obstruct the investigation by condition officials.

Panjada, who experienced been with the law enforcement drive considering that 2011, remaining in February to pursue a further task, according to Nancy Chartrand, a KCK Law enforcement community information and facts officer. Toms, who was investigated by the KCK Police Department’s inside affairs device, has been on administrative go away since December 15, Chartrand claimed.

“The formal misconduct by the other two persons prevented even further prices that could have and potentially ought to have been towards Simmons,” Dupree claimed, which includes achievable fees of driving drunk.

The fourth circumstance rates Travis E. Toms, a Kansas Town, Kansas, police officer, with a misdemeanor depend of attempting to “knowingly use a person promoting sexual relations” on Nov. 16, 2020. Toms was in uniform at the time, Dupree mentioned.

The vast selection of law enforcement officers in Wyandotte County are honorable, Dupree explained, but they are no for a longer time keen to stand by and permit the type of habits that destroys rely on in residents.

“There are officers who are stating right now ‘enough is sufficient,’ and they are tired of dwelling beneath a flag of foolishness,” Dupree mentioned. “And they’re not having it any longer and neither are we.”