Former Washington Park police officer accused of stalking ex-gir -

Former Washington Park police officer accused of stalking ex-girlfriend while on duty

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A former Washington Park officer is accused of stalking his longtime ex-girlfriend and the victim says the worst harassment happened while he was on duty as an officer.

The case raises more questions about not only one ex-cop, but also the troubled Metro-East police departments that seem plagued with corruption and incompetence.

Kevin McAfee recently retired from the Washington Park Police Department. Wednesday, a judge found that he had harassed and intimated the mother of at least one of his children, and she issued a 2-year order of protection that requires McAfee to stay away from her. McAfee claimed the case was rooted in a dispute over paternity and child support, but the judge focused on allegations of stalking, and believed the victim.

News 4's Craig Cheatham confronted McAfee outside the courtroom where the hearing took place.

McAfee is also under a criminal investigation by Illinois State Police. Part of the evidence presented against McAfee by his ex-girlfriend were text messages, phones and pictures documenting his behavior, including the rage she alleged McAfee showed against her at the police department where she worked as a dispatcher, and at a home in front of her children.

McAfee is one in a long line of officers in East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton, and Brooklyn who have been investigated by state and federal agents. The corruption and incompetence was so bad that State's Attorney Brendan Kelly pushed the Illinois legislature to create a Metro East Police commission that is trying to raise the standards for policing in those communities and offer support, but he admits it's a huge challenge.

"We've got to rebuild these departments from the ground up. That's really the only option that we have with the options that we have," said Kelly.

Under the commission, it's possible those four departments could be dissolved and a new department created that would police those four communities, but Kelly expressed doubt that will happen because the four impoverished communities can't pay for the force, and neither can the state.

"The problem for us as leaders in the community is trying to come up with resources. We know the State of Illinois is going through dire financial times, and they're not going to give them the resources to help or pay for another agency to police them" said Kelley.

McAfee only had one witness who would testify for him, a man who was under arrest and at the police station on one of the nights McAfee allegedly harassed his ex-girlfriend. The witness admitted he was too drunk to remember anything from that night and the judge said his testimony was worthless.

An Illinois state trooper sat in the courtroom during the entire 3-hour long hearing on the order of protection. It's unclear when the state police will finish their criminal investigation into allegations against McAfee.

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