CUBA, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The recently re-instated Cuba, Missouri police chief is accused of firing four officers who accused him of wrongdoing.
Residents gathered Tuesday to protest Chief Paul Crow’s firing of the four officers. Crow was suspended in July for allegedly making death threats against Cuba’s aldermen, altering time cards, and using tax dollars for personal expenses. Missouri authorities cleared him of wrongdoing and he returned to work in mid-February.
“He’s mad because everyone of those police officers turned him into the aldermen,” said Theresa McFadden, the mother of a fired officer.
McFadden said her son was one of several officers who accused Crow of misconduct.
“He was going to kill an alderman,” McFadden said. “He made that threat.”
Even though Crow was cleared of wrongdoing, one aldermen still has his suspicions.
“It said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute the chief,” said Cuba Alderman Don Conaway. “To me that didn’t say he didn’t do it.”
Three officers were let go Monday and one was let go today. Cuba only has 10 police officers, meaning its force has shrunk by nearly half.
“By firing four officers it hurts out safety,” Conaway said.
The Cuba Police Chief is elected, not appointed, but there is little appetite for an impeachment effort.
News 4 reached out to Crow, but he refused to comment and instead provided News 4 with the number to Cuba’s city attorney. The city attorney did not return News 4’s calls.