(KMOV.com) – The head of an organization that represents African American officers in St. Louis City has resigned amid an investigation that organization funds were stolen.
Former Ethical Society of Police President Eddie Simmons is outraged. The organization he handed over to Darren Wilson is now under investigation. Simmons suspects about $200,000 is missing.
“What I was told from reliable source is that the money wasn’t looking right and a short investigation revealed a substantial amount of money had been misappropriated.”
Officers in St. Louis City can be members of the Ethical Society if they pay monthly dues. That is the only way it fills its bank account. The ESOP released a statement Wednesday.
“In December of 2014, members of the Ethical Society of Police verified financial irregularities with the organization’s funds.”
Former organization Vice President Andre Smith confirmed to News 4 he replaced Darren Wilson, an 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department.
“The interim president of the Ethical Society came to me and said we think we have a potential theft in our organization and asked if we could do a criminal investigation and internal investigation, we’ve launched both of those,” said Chief Sam Dotson of the St. Louis Police Department.
News 4 will stay on top of this investigation.