A Macon police officer has been suspended for racking up too many complaints, and he has until Wednesday to provide the department with reasons why he should not be fired, Deputy Chief Mike Carswell said.
Tavoris Wilson, a bike officer who was placed on desk duty this year after he was shot in a downtown parking garage, was suspended this past Thursday.
“The charge is an accumulation of violations,” Carswell said Monday. “When an officer receives so many violations within a few months time ... we have to look at whether this person is suitable.”
He would not specify how many complaints — or what kinds — have been made against Wilson.
Complaints, in general, can range from violating departmental policies to mistreating residents.
An attempt to reach Wilson on Monday was not successful.
The latest complaint, Carswell said, involved Wilson’s working a part-time security job at the Royal Palace on Eisenhower Parkway without first getting permission from the department.
Police department policy says officers who are assigned to work full time on “light duty” or desk duty are typically assigned to do so because they aren’t up to the challenge of working their street beat. Therefore, they aren’t able to work extra jobs off duty. Officers must fill out a request to work part time and have the request approved by the department.
Wilson answered phones for the detective bureau after getting shot in the parking garage in January.
He was shot in the chest on the second floor of the parking deck on the corner of Cherry Street, but he was not seriously harmed since he had on a bulletproof vest. He reported that he was trying to stop two men who were trying to break into a car, and one of them shot him. To date, no one has been charged in the case.
Carswell said that case has no bearing on Wilson’s suspension. “This is not connected with that,” he said.
Wilson has worked for the department for about four years. Carswell said Police Chief Mike Burns is scheduled to hear from Wilson on Wednesday about why he should be allowed to keep his job, and Burns will ultimately decide Wilson’s fate.
“We care about officers individually,” Carswell said. “We have policies, and we have to be consistent with them.”
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