A city police commander has been reinstated for active duty after being cleared of wrongdoing in a probe into text messages he exchanged with a community activist who was being sought on a warrant and later allegedly stabbed his wife to death.If you have the guy's phone number and can get him to turn himself in, isn't that worth a try? Seems like a better way to handle a warrant than busting down a door at 5am. And no, it's not rare for community activists to have a direct line to the district commander.
The Police Department intends to address "procedural issues" with how the warrant was handled. It did not go through normal channels; instead of sending it to a special domestic violence unit, Eastern District officers who knew Cleaven Williams tried to serve it themselves and gave him the chance to turn himself in.
May 10, 2009
Eastern District Commander Cleared
Justin Fenton reports in the Sun: