DPD Officer Accused Of Illegal Dumping Enters ‘Not Guilty’ Plea
Fri, 07/08/2016 - 5:51pm Douglas1
Luke Roberts Enterprise Staff Writer
Ward could have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of “high and aggravated nature;” however, city officials opted to issue him a citation for a violation of a City Ordinance. Along with his “not guilty” plea on Tuesday, Ward also requested a bench trial.
An arraignment hearing for City of Douglas police officer Antonio “Tony” Ward was held earlier this week and Ward plead “not guilty” to a charge related to alleged illegal dumping at the Salvation Army this past April.
In an incident that was caught on camera at the Douglas Salvation Army, a man believed to be Ward was at the Salvation Army on Sunday, April 24, “unlawfully” dumping various items, including broken windows, doors, and plumbing pipes, in an amount exceeding 500 pounds.
Ward could have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor of “high and aggravated nature;” however, city officials opted to issue him a citation for a violation of a City Ordinance.
Along with his “not guilty” plea on Tuesday, Ward also requested a bench trial.
In the days after The Enterprise’s initial report on the incident, City of Douglas City Manager Terrell Jacobs issued the following statement, which read, “In response to an article released on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Douglas Enterprise, the Douglas City Manager Terrell Jacobs, would like to inform the public that an off-duty officer of the Douglas Police Department, was captured on camera disposing of some items in a dumpster located at the Salvation Army. An internal investigated was conducted, the officer was cited and this matter is now pending in court. Pending resolution by the court, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
The Enterprise has since visited the Douglas Police Department, following an Open Records Request, and viewed all of the Internal Affairs investigations, sixteen in all, on Officer Ward. There was no record of any Internal Affairs investigation in connection with this matter.
See the front page of the Sunday, July 10, 2016 edition.