Crystal Police Officer Talks for First Time about Paid Leave
A Crystal Police Officer, on paid leave, talks for the first time about his discipline.
Alan Watt has been a Crystal Police Officer for 17 years. Since late October he has been on paid leave and since June he has been on "home assignment." That means he cannot leave his home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless given permission by the Chief of Police.
During a sit down interview, Watt tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he thinks he's being retaliated against for criticizing actions by Crystal Police Chief, Stephanie Revering.
Watt says he and his patrol boss, Sergeant Rob Erkenbrack, questioned Chief Revering's inaction on a theft report. Both officers say they thought Crystal PD was not pursuing a theft case because the suspect was a police officer from a neighboring city.
Since they made their thoughts known, Watt says, both were harassed and then disciplined for minor policy violations. Watt says he was sent home with pay because he left his unloaded weapon in an unattended room.
Watt says it is a common occurrence and nobody in the Crystal Police Department had been reprimanded for it in the past. He says even Chief Revering, when she was a patrol officer, would take her service belt off to use the restroom and she would leave her weapon in it.
The City of Crystal told KSTP they cannot comment on either case because they are personnel matters and the law forbids comment until the cases are fully resolved.
Sgt. Erkenbrack was fired earlier this week and Officer Watt says he will find out what his status with the City is on Friday.