A Missouri prosecutor filed a quo warranto lawsuit against the City Marshal-elect from the town of Dixon, to keep him out of office, as county police step in to keep order after a near-riot.
It’s not often that prosecutors sue police.
According to local news outlet KY3, ‘Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long called the protest at city hall on the night after the election a ‘near riot,'” and:
Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman filed a quo warranto petition against Plummer on Monday morning. Quo warranto is a Latin term that means “by what authority.” The petition challenges Plummer’s right to hold the elected office as the town’s top law enforcement official since he doesn’t have a state license that is required for someone to carry out law enforcement duties.
Plummer faces 15 crimes of forgery, hindering prosecution, making false declarations, and theft. Some of the charges relate to fixing drunken driving tickets. A trial is scheduled on May 31 in Rolla, where the case was moved to try to ensure a fair outcome, according to online court records.
Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies have been doing extra patrols in Dixon since the election on April 5 after the sheriff said Plummer’s supporters protested at city hall and threatened violence if the city council does not let Plummer take office.
Mike Plummer has been on paid administrative leave with the Dixon Police Department, since losing his peace officer’s certifications and being suspended in January 2016, which is why he’s being sued to prove his suitability for office by a Pulaski County district attorney, and as KY3 reports:
Plummer has been receiving a paycheck since he was suspended last fall after his state license was suspended. The Dixon city clerk says Plummer’s attorney picked up his final paycheck on Monday morning. He won’t receive another paycheck unless he is sworn-in for another term.
Dixon elects it’s top cop as the town marshal, and last week caused Dixon’s supporters to protest and declare openly threats of violence, if their chosen candidate Plummer is not installed to his police office.
All of the above screams the question why any election would choose a man indicted for 15 counts of official corruption so brazen, one of them includes stealing lights off of the city’s police cruisers and trying to sell them.
Yes, the blue and red flashing lights.
But supporters persisted in demanding their choice be elevated to top cop, and their protests caused the town to cancel a public meeting over the matter.
Plummer supporter Steven Beal said, “Our city council wants to try to keep him out. Mike Plummer has passed all of his POST certifications. He’s passed all of his tests. They are suspended at the present moment, pending an investigation and a trial.”
So now, a Missouri town, where the majority of residents preferred to pick an indicted police officer over the current acting town marshal is now de facto missing its own police department.
But maybe residents aren’t missing the expensive redundancy of a small town maintaining professional policing, allowing Dixon to fold it’s police department, as other Missouri towns have done recently as police for profit practices come to light.
Because if the town’s police can’t take three steps without being sued or indicted by county prosecutors, they can’t be of much use as policemen.