Metro-East News

ESL officer accused of sleeping in car is back at work

The officer is back on duty pending a hearing, officials say.
The officer is back on duty pending a hearing, officials say.

An East St. Louis police officer who allegedly was sleeping in his squad car while on duty is back on patrol, pending the outcome of an arbitration hearing.

The officer had been on administrative leave, but has been back at work for a couple of weeks, according to East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore.

The officer originally was scheduled to go before the East St. Louis Police and Fire Commission. His hearing was scheduled for June 2, but at some point before then, he decided he wants his case to instead be heard by arbitrators.

Floore said city attorneys have advised him that the officer has to be returned to work, pending the outcome of the arbitration hearing. No date has been set yet for the hearing, Floore said.

Floore did not release the name of the officer and declined to discuss details of the matter. He said the officer has been returned to patrol duty.

As part of the union contract for police officers, they are automatically paid if they are placed on administrative leave. That pay continues until an outcome is reached.

A resident snapped a picture of the officer, apparently asleep in his squad car, then posted it on social media. The photo resulted in criticism from the public.

The officer’s squad car was parked at 25th Street and Louisiana Avenue when the picture was taken.