Instead, I'll tackle the following story.
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.
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.