by Sam Levin
An East St. Louis, Illinois, woman was not pleased to come home and find that her place had been robbed, trashed and set on fire.
But when the police showed up, the situation only got worse.
The stepfather of the woman tells the News-Democrat that the officer on the night shift who responded to the burglary was clearly very drunk and eventually started cursing at the woman and her boyfriend, accusing them of lying.
What do police officials have to say about these accusations?
Not much, it seems.
The paper reports that East St. Louis police chief Michael Floore would only confirm that the veteran police officer is on paid administrative leave while the allegation is investigated internally.
Meanwhile, Don Brown, the man who says his stepdaughter was robbed -- and then treated terribly by an intoxicated, unprofessional police officer -- has these accusations against the unnamed officer:
He was reeking with alcohol and he had a beer in the patrol car. My stepdaughter saw the beer in the police car when he placed her in the patrol car to interview her about the burglary.... He started going off, slinging cure words, one after another and accusing her boyfriend of lying.... He was so drunk that he didn't know what he was saying. He was cussing and slurring his words.
And apparently all of this happened at about 4 a.m. -- a good three hours after the family says they called the police to report the burglary.