Kansas City Mayor Files Complaint Against Officer Who Searched Unauthorized Computer | national


KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City police officer for performing an “unauthorized” search of his home address in a database, the Kansas City Star has learned.

Lucas reported to the Community Complaints Office on Friday, saying it included law enforcement and a prosecutor that the search was a violation of Kansas City Police Department rules as well as a possible legal offense. .

“I was not made aware of the offense by the department, but rather by the prosecutor’s office in its report four months later,” Lucas wrote in part of the complaint, which was obtained by The Star thanks at a request from Missouri Sunshine Law.

Because of this, Lucas wrote, he was unsure if any action had been taken.

The office where Lucas filed his complaint is investigating allegations of misconduct against police officers. If disciplinary action is warranted, he sends a report to the chief of police. Critics said the office was inefficient.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office said last week it was reviewing the officer’s actions for possible criminal charges. Mike Mansur, spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office, said on Friday that there was no update regarding the status of the review.

Lucas was alerted on September 8 to the search for the officer when Dion Sankar, a Jackson County assistant district attorney, emailed him. Sankar’s email, obtained by The Star last week, did not specify what information the officer was looking for or why.

The officer – who was not named in Lucas’ email or complaint – is said to have used a criminal justice information system, which can be used to check if a person has a criminal history, among other things .

A police source previously told The Star that the officer searched for Lucas’ home address.

In his complaint, Lucas said he could not share the officer’s name due to the “confidentiality involved” in the disciplinary process and prosecutors’ review.

When asked on the complaint form if he would like to participate in “mediation or an investigation,” Lucas wrote the investigation.

Last week, Staff Sgt. Jake Becchina, a police spokesperson, said the force was informed in May of the incident in which the officer, who was assigned to the patrol, “performed an unauthorized computer check of Mayor Lucas “.

“Another officer reported the potential violation to his chain of command and it was investigated,” Becchina said. “The investigation is over.”

Becchina said Missouri Sunshine law prohibited her from saying whether the officer was disciplined. He also declined to identify the agent or provide details of what the agent was looking for.

Department spokesman Captain Leslie Foreman said in an email to The Star on Friday that the office “is in place to receive and investigate complaints from all citizens of Kansas City.”

“We have confidence in the process in place and know this will be handled in a professional and objective manner, like any other complaint,” said Foreman.

Police department policy states that use of the information system, known as CJIS, is prohibited for personal use. It cautions that its use in a “reckless or unethical” manner is unprofessional and could result in disciplinary or legal action.

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