EAST ST. LOUIS — The East St. Louis Police and Fire Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to fire two police officers who had been on administrative leave following a female motorist's claim that she was made to ride in one officer's squad car to Jones Park where he made her perform a sexual act on him.
The second officer followed the officer to the park and after asking him if he was OK and getting a positive response from the officer, he left the scene with the 25-year-old woman still sitting on the passenger side in the officer's car on May 8.
Officer Ramone Carpenter and Officer Christopher Parks, the mayor's first cousin, were the two officers fired. Carpenter was the officer who took the victim to Jones Park.
Police Chief Michael Floore recommended the board suspend the officers for 30 days. He said they had not been in any trouble before.
"We're obviously happy with the board's decision," said Michael Gras, the attorney for the victim. "I think they made the right decision for the people of East St. Louis. They never denied that he coerced my client for oral sex. Their job is to protect and serve not prey on the citizens."
The lone dissenter, Larry T. Hampton, Sr. said he voted no in support of Floore's recommendation that the officer's be suspended for 30 days.
Board Commissioners Johnny Scott, Jesse Davis, Levoy Perry and Board Chairman Virge Riley voted in favor of the terminations.