BROOKLYN, IL (KTVI) - Allegations of misconduct against the Brooklyn, Illinois Police Department are so serious, that their investigations will no longer be prosecuted by the state. The St. Clair County State’s Attorney said he has no choice.
Early Wednesday morning, Brooklyn police were called to a shooting inside the Pink Slip strip club. Just last month, another shooting took place outside the club.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said criminals are preying on a community with a dysfunctional police department. During a meeting with members of the Metro East Police District Commission, Kelly spelled out a laundry list of troubles his investigators have uncovered.
There’s missing evidence, including cash and drugs, and officers are accused of writing false police reports, being intoxicated with minors, and even pulling guns on civilians in clubs.
“When you have a police department, which instead of protecting public safety is detracting from public safety, that’s no longer really a police department,” Kelly said.
Some cases have already been dropped because of the troubles.
“I’ve already dismissed 21 felony cases. As we reviewed those cases, those were cases involving weapons, involving drugs; we have other cases that we are reviewing,” Kelly said. “So do I have the authority to hire or fire police officers? I do not, but I have the authority to assess their credibility and at this point we have. It’s not isolated credibility issues, we have systemic issue where an entire department does not meet the sufficient parameters we have to prosecute a case.”
The state’s attorney does not have the authority to shut down the police department, saying it’s up to the city to decide. However, the Brooklyn mayor is working with Kelly to come up with a solution.
In the meantime, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department has been helping with patrols.