Which are Worse: the Criminals or City Leaders?

Still playing catch-up, so no Monday missing person post.

Instead, I'll tackle the following story.


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Named as one of America's most dangerous cities a few years ago, the city of East St. Louis (IL) continues to struggle with this label.

A recent national news story on the conviction of that community's former police chief will not help with that negative perception.

The embattled police chief...was brought down by stolen video game players he gave to relatives.

Michael Baxton Sr. abruptly resigned Wednesday and pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of two felonies after being snared in an FBI sting.

He was caught stealing four expensive Xbox 360 game systems in an undercover investigation of corruption in the neighboring community of Alorton, where he was police chief until late last year...

Officials said that certain Alorton police officers reported to federal authorities that Baxton was giving favorable treatment to some suspects, and mishandling evidence. In response, FBI agents abandoned a bait car equipped with surveillance devices in a parking lot on Oct. 5 and reported it stolen.

Baxton inspected the car, along with another officer, prosecutors said. The chief found five Xbox players in the trunk and told the accompanying officer to place four of them in Baxton's car and keep one for himself.

U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Baxton first blamed the other officer for the theft, but admitted the truth after being confronted with evidence of his own role. He said Baxton had set up one game device in his basement for his son and gave the others as gifts to family...

It was also learned later that former Chief Baxton was convicted of one or more felonies in the early 1980s that had been expunged (one article said it was for burglary and theft, while another cited the charge as robbery).

Hmmm, so here is a summary on the ex-chief of police for East St. Louis:

--He is convicted of stealing X-Boxes.

--Then lies and tries to blame the officer he was with when filmed by the FBI.

--And, he has at least one, likely more than one, past conviction(s) for a felony crime.

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Sadly, this is not the most disturbing part of this story.

No, leave it to mayor of East St. Louis, Alvin Parks, to make me fall out of my chair.

Mayor Parks had this to say about the now convicted former chief Baxton:

...Parks said he would like Baxton to play a limited "advisory role" with the police department, if Michael Floore, the new police chief, needs any help...

Yes, Mr. Mayor, that is what every police department needs.

Please hire a dishonest managerial advisor with a resume that features more than twice as many felony convictions as undergraduate/advanced degrees.

My condolences to the residents of East St. Louis.

21 comments:

Beth Zimmerman said...

Oh SD. That is BAD! Not even sure where to begin commenting on that one. It doesn't surprise me though ... which I suppose is even sadder!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Slam Dunks .. it is amazing - how people in accountable jobs, cannot distinguish between right and wrong .. I agree with you: poor citizens .. what on earth is the western world coming to ...

Have a good week - Hilary

Jax said...

I don't understand. If someone was even accused of a felony how they become part of our law enforcement. I know it sounds harsh when so many people are wrongly accused of crimes, but that's ok. Harsh rules should be required when joining the police force. Awful!!

Pat Hatt said...

That is just stupid. Another reason politcians are morons. Let's give the theft more chances to screw up cases and steal stuff. Pfft, can't even trust who you are supposed to now a days, sad indeed.

Bossy Betty said...

Sigh. Really? Sigh. That's about all I can manage.

Maxi said...

What the…? Throw the mayor in the slammer along with the former chief is what I say.
Blessings - Maxi

Maxi said...

What the…? Throw the mayor in the slammer along with the former chief is what I say.
Blessings - Maxi

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I thought that many times, they WERE ONE IN THE SAME...!

(and according to your story, that assessment would be more correct than not)

Good post AND comments.

Stay safe out there.

Bonnie said...

Ha. I don't even know which could be worse. This is horrible!

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Kristin said...

What a scumbag.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, I never realized St. Louis had issues.

Lisa said...

East St. Louis has had a questionable reputation for as long as I can remember. Even back in college in the late 70s, I heard it was a rough part of town.

Carol Kilgore said...

I've driven through East St. Louis. This doesn't surprise me. Such role models.

Sarah Ahiers said...

holy hell. I mean, really? First, i was really happy to see that the FBI caught wind of this because other cops had reported their suspicions. It takes a lot of balls to do that. But then, what the hell is up with the Mayor? AND he had a felony expunged? Seriously.

Ciara said...

So sad. Sometimes I am perplexed by the actions of people. I just don't know what else to say.

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, wow. That's just crazy!

ladyfi said...

I wonder how such people get into office or positions of power... or perhaps they lose sight of themselves once they are there.

Rachel said...

I am missing Missing Monday! But, alas! Hopefully it will be back on next week!

oceangirl said...

Hello SD, how can he gets away with jail? No outcry from the public?

Momma Fargo said...

Ridiculous for the Mayor to even utter such words. Oy.

Holly Lefevre said...

Oh that is beyond bad. The one positive...I live near Salinas, CA which is a mess...and this story makes that city look OK!