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Two town of Beloit officers disciplined

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 7, 2009
— Two town of Beloit police officers have until 5 p.m. Friday to appeal disciplinary action handed to them by the town administrator.

Administrator Bob Museus on June 30 disciplined two officers after an investigation by the Rock County Sheriff's Office. Museus in February requested the sheriff's office help with the investigation.


Museus would not say which officers were disciplined or share details about the nature of the investigation. He did say that during the course of the investigation, details were uncovered that surprised the town and added a new angle to the case.


More people than the two disciplined officers were investigated, Museus said.


A resident's complaint sparked the investigation, Museus said.


The officers still are employed with the department, Museus said.


The Gazette has requested a copy of the investigative documents through the Wisconsin Open Records Law. The appeals process has to be finished before the process to release the records can start, Museus said.


If the officers appeal Museus' action, the matter would go to the town board for review, Museus said. The board could take action to change Museus' decision or could appoint a hearing board to deal with the issue, he said.


The officers have the right to appeal the discipline under town policy and the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, Museus said.


When asked, Museus said he could not comment about why he, rather than Police Chief John Wilson, handed out the discipline.


"It's a chain-of-command issue," Museus said. "When you see the report, it will become obvious."


The Gazette could not reach Wilson for comment.


In February, Wilson was reprimanded in writing and required to take a counseling or sensitivity program, according to a copy of a report the Gazette obtained about an investigation into complaints filed against Wilson.


According to a complaint filed in December, Wilson had used racial slurs in the department.



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