A five-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department was suspended for eight days last week. Kenosha Police administration was made aware that the officer gave a small portion of her prescription to a loved one. Both had prescriptions for the same non-opioid drug. The loved one was short on pills due to a shortage at the pharmacy. KPD turned the matter over to the Pleasant Prairie Police Department who conducted an outside investigation. The results of that investigation were turned over to DA Mike Graveley (D). Graveley declined to prosecuted the Police Officer. Graveley refused to provide KCE with his reason for letting the officer off. Technically, by the letter of the law, the Officer committed a felony. However, prosecutors have discretion. In this case, the point is being made that each of them had a valid prescription and this is something that many people do with their significant others or spouses. This publication disagrees with Graveley pretty frequently, but in this case we agree with his decision. The public would have benefited, however to hear from the County’s top prosecutor. According to a local defense attorney, Graveley’s office has charged people for similar conduct in the past. The Officer cooperated with the investigation and admitted to the allegations.
Kenosha Police Chief Eric Larsen, however believed that stiff disciplinary action was required and gave the Officers 8 unpaid days off. The Officer didn’t dispute the discipline and waived her right to a hearing in front of the Police and Fire Commission.
KCE is not naming the Officer involved. The Officer was not criminally charged. We believe the Officer learned from this experience and do not believe this is indicative of a credibility/integrity issue.