Allegations made by Jemison councilman deemed unfounded

Published 3:34 pm Tuesday, December 3, 2013

After meeting just under two hours in an executive session to discuss pending litigation, the Jemison City Council voted during regular session to accept an investigation report submitted by Clanton Police Department Sgt. Cameron Bates.

Bates conducted an investigation based on allegations made by a Jemison councilman against a Jemison police officer.

The council voted at 6:05 p.m. during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday to enter into executive session to discuss pending litigation.

Mayor Eddie Reed asked several law enforcement officials present at the meeting to stay in the executive session including Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell, Bates, Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer and Jemison Deputy Chief Marc McMinn as well as another Clanton police officer.

Attorney John Hollis Jackson, representing the city of Jemison, was also present during the executive session.

The council voted shortly after 7:45 p.m. to enter into regular session and voted to accept an investigation report of an internal investigation conducted by the Clanton Police Department at the request of Fulmer.

The investigation stemmed from seven allegations starting in July made by Jemison Councilman George Brasher against a Jemison police officer.

Fulmer requested the Clanton Police Department conduct the investigation on Sept. 17 to be the non-biased investigating agency.

Brasher filed the allegations to the Jemison Police Department over a period of two months against a Jemison police officer.

The complaints that were filed included:

•The officer’s “car was running with a dog in it while working with little league,” reported July 29.

•The officer was “coaching little league ball players,” reported Aug. 1, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

•The officer “had a police uniform on while coaching a ball team and changed police cars,” reported Aug. 8.

•The officer was “coaching his team,” reported Aug. 9, Aug. 12 and Aug. 15.

•The officer was “coaching in his police uniform and changed police cars,” reported Aug. 16.

•The officer was “coaching a ball game and practicing with team,” reported Aug. 17 and Aug. 19.

•The officer was “coaching his little league team in a police uniform,” reported Aug. 22 and Aug. 27.

Clanton Detective Division Capt. David Clackley assigned Bates to complete the investigation of the claims.

Both Stilwell and Bates met with Chief Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson and Assistant District Attorney Brandon Bates at the start of the investigation.

According to the executive summary of the case, it was agreed that if any criminal activity was discovered from the allegations, the District Attorney’s Office would handle the case.

The summary of the investigation states that each allegation against the police officer was deemed “unfounded.”

Councilmen Donnie Lane, Robert Morris, Rex Bittle, Sam Reed and Mayor Eddie Reed voted during regular session in favor of accepting the investigation report.

Councilman George Brasher abstained from the vote.

Brasher declined to comment about the investigation on Tuesday.

The council will only hold one meeting in the month of December with the next scheduled meeting Jan. 6.