Independence, Missouri Police Overtime Probe Postscript: No Accountability Despite Risk

Here's a more accurate accounting of the drama that was all sound and fury signifying nothing: 


Before readers get all hot & bothered about any perceived criticism against police . . . The reality is that po-po likely were the whistleblowers helping the public understand the probs with this sketchy arrangement.

Still . . . The upshot here is that NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE without any consequences or even a wrist slap.

Here's a summary of the aftermath from a few different sources . . .

Independence special counsel Dan Nelson used words like "unacceptable inappropriate failures" but in the end from his findings that he revealed today he chalked it up as a miscommunication

Nelson said he found no evidence of dishonesty by police laborers and, while the investigation could not definitively verify all the hours worked, no evidence of fraudulent timekeeping surfaced.

“We found no evidence that police worked during their shift hours on the project,” Nelson said. “Annual reviews and interviews supported that the police laborers continued to successfully do their police work during the project.”

But the city still carries significant risk in having renovated the jail the way it did. If an injury or a death occurs at the jail — not infrequent occurrences at facilities that detain people — the use of unlicensed and uninsured labor by police employees could expose the city to legal liability.

And while the city saved money by using police labor on the jail project — a necessary undertaking, the investigation found — the Independence Police Department went over budget last year by $253,006, in part because of the renovation.

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