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CARBONDALE, IL (KTVI) – Cell phone footage, captured by a college student, appears to show a Carbondale police officer sleeping behind the wheel of his patrol caR. The video has been getting a lot of attention on Facebook.
You can’t tell in the video but Carbondale resident Matt Fedora says the officer was asleep before the camera started rolling.
“I started video taping, and it really upset me because our house was broken into last week. I think that’s why you can see the passion and the anger in the video.” said Matt Fedora.
He lost more than $4,000 in electronics. Fedora says he was recording to hold cops accountable.
“I felt like it’s an opportunity to make my voice heard and to make Carbondale’s voice heard.” said Matt Fedora.
But, that voice was nearly silenced after the officer said it was illegal to record in public.
Carbondale Councilwoman Jane Adams says that’s untrue.
“It’s perfectly legal to video people in public, specifically police officers.” said Carbondale Councilwoman Jane Adam.
She’s unsure if the cop was asleep but says the bigger concern is training officers to uphold the rights of citizens.
“Make sure that our police officers on patrol know what the law is and know what citizens rights are.” said Carbondale Councilwoman Jane Adam.
Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubs says the department is investigating any wrongdoing.
“We don’t condone, nor will we tolerate, any type of workplace misconduct.” said Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubs.
“Stuff like this really shouldn’t be happening, especially when a block away from where there were three robberies.” said Matt Fedora.