Following a social media put up by Linn County Prosecuting Legal professional Shiante McMahon on July 5 by which she alleged sexism and racism regarding a marked marketing campaign T-shirt that hung within the Marceline Police Division, each McMahon and metropolis officers have made statements relating to the state of affairs and their contentious relationship.
McMahon, in her first assertion to the Linn County Chief concerning the incident, says she only recently realized of the shirt, which the town acknowledges was displayed in an workplace on the police headquarters round March of final 12 months for an unknown time frame.
The shirt was for her marketing campaign and bore her identify, however had been drawn on with a black marker including varied expletives and derogatory phrases.
McMahon declined to disclose who instructed her concerning the shirt or how she obtained a photograph of it hanging within the workplace. McMahon adopted with a social media put up July 6 outlining variations between the town’s statements and data she stated she had acquired, together with claims the shirt had been on show in a standard space for months, with a number of metropolis staff conscious of it and doing nothing about it.
The officer accountable for bringing and inserting the shirt has since resigned, Marceline Chief of Police Bob Donelson stated. The difficulty was dealt with internally in keeping with the division’s “progressive self-discipline coverage,” he stated.
The division requires officers to take quite a lot of on-line coaching programs, together with lessons on gender and sexual orientation.
McMahon and Donelson admitted there’s a strained relationship between their places of work.
McMahon says she has discovered it tough to speak with any Marceline metropolis officers. Donelson stated the T-shirt incident is simply the most recent to come back into the general public eye.
“Since 2019, he (Donelson) has not allowed me to speak to his officers with out his permission. He has not allowed his officers to fulfill with me to speak about his circumstances. He has run felony circumstances by the municipal courtroom for nicely over a 12 months and has not despatched circumstances to this workplace for evaluate,” McMahon stated.
“I have tried to go and speak with him and he has gone out the again door. I’ve tried to have a number of conversations and people do not work.”
McMahon stated she has tried to contact different metropolis officers to resolve previous points.
“I’ve tried a number of instances to speak with the town supervisor and people do not work, and I’ve even gone to the council and that did not work,” she stated.
McMahon stated she can not characterize the state of her relationship with Donelson or the Metropolis of Marceline.
“I can not say what my relationship is as a result of there isn’t any response from them,” McMahon stated. “So far as resolving the type of points we see, and the most recent is the information that the shirt was up there for months earlier than something was executed.
“There are a lot extra questions I feel must be answered to maneuver ahead. The ethics of the state of affairs must be addressed first.”
Donelson concurred the problems with McMahon return to 2019, when McMahon wished to begin a Bond Supervision Joint Job Drive within the county. He stated he and Brookfield Chief of Police Joel Dixon attended a gathering in McMahon’s workplace to debate the duty power in April or Could of 2019. Donelson stated McMahon initially wished members of legislation enforcement to volunteer their time to be on the duty power, and he stated “no” as a result of he had issues about officers not being lined by employee’s compensation.
Donelson stated it was his understanding that after that assembly, he and Dixon had been alleged to have one other assembly to debate the duty power. Earlier than that occurred, McMahon despatched emails about funding and different topics to the proposed process power.
That’s when Donelson stated the primary points began, as a result of he requested McMahon to attend two weeks whereas he finalized another plans that had been ongoing.
“She then began sending me derogatory texts saying I didn’t assist the blue line,” he stated. “It’s at the moment I instructed her “no,” we’d not participate within the process power.”
Concerning Donelson “not permitting” his officers to talk together with her, Donelson stated he needed to implement a coverage about officers not discussing circumstances off the clock after she stored a number of of his officers on the cellphone for 3-4 hours on their days off to debate circumstances. He says these officers got here to him in search of compensation and said that they had been upset.
“So I needed to institute a coverage to not focus on circumstances off of the clock or when utilizing private cell telephones as a result of these telephones would then be topic to subpoena,” Donelson stated. “I had supplied her their cellphone numbers in good religion; she took benefit of that and of them. I needed to make a coverage.”
Following that, Donelson stated McMahon filed a “variety of outlandish complaints” with the town council and Metropolis Supervisor Richard Hoon. Following these, Donelson stated he and the then-city legal professional met with McMahon in her workplace to attempt to attain a compromise. That assembly didn’t end in any adjustments within the relationship between the events.
Since then, Donelson stated he can not attain McMahon’s workplace from any quantity within the police division as a result of the decision is not going to be answered. Donelson has recorded conversations with McMahon, audio from which was shared with the Chief, the place McMahon might be heard hanging up on Donelson.
McMahon says she doesn’t have comparable issues with some other legislation enforcement company in Linn County. Donelson famous there have been points between McMahon and different companies; nevertheless, he says, she has not “known as them out publicly.”
Donelson stated there isn’t any doubt the inserting of the T-shirt and the wording was “completely improper.”
He famous the previous officer as soon as supported McMahon and stated that after a 12 months or extra of “being beat down and labeled as uncredible,” that officer and most others within the division have detrimental emotions towards McMahon, whom they as soon as supported.
Donelson denies the allegations that he’s sexist or racist.
“I’m very upset by these allegations,” he stated. “I’m not sexist. I’m not racist. I’ve bi-racial grandchildren, so these allegations actually struck a twine.”
Hoon stated, “On knowledgeable degree and restricted private interplay, these accusations of sexism and racism are with out advantage.”
McMahon didn’t take the T-shirt subject to Hoon, Donelson or the town council earlier than she posted on social media as a result of she has by no means gotten a response previously, she stated.
Hoon revealed an announcement the morning of July 6 acknowledging the incident occurred however asserting it was correctly dealt with by metropolis management.
McMahon stated Hoon’s assertion was “untimely” and an investigation into the matter was wanted earlier than the town made an announcement. She added she doesn’t know the right way to transfer ahead together with her relationship with metropolis officers.
“That may be a concern for me,” she stated. “You may have a metropolis supervisor who didn’t conduct an investigation and claims it will be good if I contacted them first. I have had different points and he has not responded.”
McMahon stated there are a number of issues that have to occur earlier than she will be able to start attempting to rebuild or restore a relationship with Donelson and different metropolis officers.
“To aim to construct a relationship with an individual who permits this, the primary query is, if the data I’ve and imagine to be right is right, what makes this OK? What makes it OK to name a prosecutor or any lady this? What makes it OK to disclaim the folks on this neighborhood justice on felony drug, DWI, assault cost — that to me is the extra obvious query.
“The subsequent query I might ask is, why not be extra clear? There isn’t any method you are able to do a radical investigation in 12 hours. Inside 12 hours, there was an official response from my put up, but it surely not noted issues that everybody deserves to know. When and why did that officer resign? Who’s that officer? Does that officer nonetheless have a fee with the town?”
If these questions are answered and addressed, McMahon stated she might start transferring ahead with repairing the connection.
“These must be dealt with and addressed earlier than discovering out the way you construct a relationship,” she stated. “You must get to a root about how it’s so viscous. You can’t resolve that except you recognize the mentality or tradition of the division — throughout the division and from the town supervisor.”
Donelson said there must be compromise from all events to maneuver ahead.
“There must be a commonsense dialog and all events have to come back to the desk with the concept of compromise,” he stated. “That will likely be laborious for some folks after what they’ve been accused of, however I do know they may, particularly with a third-party mediator. There must be curiosity for compromise on all sides.”
Defending the neighborhood
All the concerned events say that it’s their job to guard the neighborhood.
“It’s my job to implement the legal guidelines within the county, to guard the victims and the neighborhood as an entire by upholding the legal guidelines and holding these committing crimes accountable,” McMahon stated. “I don’t need each member of legislation enforcement to be lumped in the identical group because the officers and the division that took half in these actions.
“By and huge, legislation enforcement on this county are doing their jobs to one of the best of their skill in knowledgeable, constructive method.”
Donelson stated that regardless of the accusations, he and his officers will proceed to work laborious for the residents of Marceline.
“It’s my job to guard the law-abiding residents and I’ll do my greatest regardless of the actions towards me and my officers,” Donelson stated.
Hoon stated his job is to handle the town as directed by the mayor and metropolis council.
“If the mayor and metropolis council don’t assume I’m performing my job duties correctly, then I’m certain they may deliver it to my consideration,” Hoon stated.