Cumberland Co., IL. (ECWd) -
We first reported on the violence-laced text messages of Cumberland County Deputy Steve Carr (here) when he was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
The investigation is now over and he was disciplined with an Oral Reprimand for Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer.
Anyone else would have surely been labeled a violent person and stripped of their firearms, but this guy keeps his badge, guns, and public job as Cumberland County Deputy Sheriff.
According to the Internal Investigation (below) we received under the Freedom of Information Act:
- Carr was advised he was being placed on admin leave pending completion of an investigation
- During an interview, it was stated that a victim had to wear a long-sleeve sweater to cover up bruises she received from Carr
- During an interview, it was stated that Carr would pull his gun and hand it to a victim and say "just shoot me" to her
- Reading the text messages reveals at least 5 death threats and 7 threats of violence
- During the interview with Carr, he refused to read the Declaration of Rights Form and refused to sign it
- Carr said he didn't remember sending the text messages
- Carr agreed to and was ordered to a Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation
- In the October 8, 2019, letter, Sheriff Maroon stated that he found the victim's account [of the allegations] as credible and believed Carr was the source of the text messages
- On Nov 13, 2019, Carr was informed the internal investigation was complete, was issued an oral reprimand, and placed back on duty since the Doctor said he was fit for duty and did not present a threat to himself or others
- Carr was to comply with a mutual no-contact order and to have no contact with the 4 named people in the Order