EAST ST. LOUIS — A police officer was placed on paid administrative leave after a family alleged he was intoxicated and used a lot of profanity when he responded to their home to take a report of a burglary.
Police Chief Michael Floore would not name the veteran police officer but he confirmed the officer is on paid leave while the allegation is being investigated internally.
Don Brown, who is upset over what he called a complete lack of professionalism and total disrespect, said police were called to his stepdaughter's house at 473 N. 22nd St. because someone ransacked her home and then started a fire early Sunday.
"My stepdaughter's house was broken into, trashed and then set afire," Brown said. "The fire department came out and put the fire out. When we called 911 to report the burglary, the dispatcher told us to call the local police. We started calling the local police at 1 a.m. and it was 4 a.m. when the officer arrived."
"He was reeking with alcohol and he had a beer in the patrol car," Brown said. "My stepdaughter saw the beer in the police car when he placed her in the patrol car to interview her about the burglary."
The officer got out of the car and told her boyfriend that she said the two of them had been at a club and when the boyfriend told him he had made a mistake because the two of them were in St. Charles, Mo., in a hotel when the fire began.
"He started going off, slinging curse words, one after another and accusing her boyfriend of lying," Brown said.
"He was so drunk that he didn't know what he was saying. He was cussing and slurring his words," Brown said.
"We believe he should be fired from the department or given a severe punishment. But, I don't think they will do anything about it. He is a police officer. They will take his word over mine," he said.
Brown said he has learned that the officer was not given a breath analyzing test to determine whether he was drunk.
Floore would not comment on whether a breath test was conducted.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.