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Carbondale officer given week of unpaid leave after social media investigation

An officer with the Carbondale Police Department was given a week of unpaid leave after an investigation into a social media post. (Source: KFVS) An officer with the Carbondale Police Department was given a week of unpaid leave after an investigation into a social media post. (Source: KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

An officer with the Carbondale Police Department was given a week of unpaid leave after advertising a coffee mug on social media that portrayed a resident.

Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams released the following statement on Friday, June 22 in regards to the investigation and the disciplinary action.

“Recently an unfortunate incident occurred with one of our police officers who fabricated a coffee mug displaying an unflattering photo of a Carbondale resident, and subsequently advertised the product on social media. The City worked with the Fraternal Order of Police legal counsel to investigate the incident and have reached an agreement on an appropriate disciplinary response; the officer was given a week of unpaid leave which has been served. The City would like to remind the community that the behavior that resulted in this discipline is not the standard of conduct that we expect of any City employee, nor the conduct that we will tolerate going forward. Further, it’s not reflective of the hard working employees of the City that strive every day to provide high-quality service to ALL of Carbondale’s residents. We apologize for this insensitive incident and will continue to review and revise internal policies to, hopefully, prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.”

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According to the department, on June 6 police learned of a social media post sent by a Carbondale officer.

A screenshot of the post featuring a coffee mug was then posted on a public Instagram account. According to that post, the mug features a man known by many people in town.

A photo of the post below has been blurred to protect the man's identity.

The police department wants the public to know they take these matters seriously and it is being addressed.

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