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Michael Collins Quits Edwardsville Police After Charges of Unauthorized Amateur Photography

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Michael R. Collins, former Edwardsville Police Officer.
Senior Patrol Officer Michael Collins resigned from the Edwardsville Police effective Tuesday, April 10,  just days after being charged with surreptitiously photographing women at a tanning salon. Collins had been on paid suspension since the charges were filed and leaves the force after fifteen years of service, several of them spent as the D.A.R.E. officer in the Edwardsville school district.

And yes, he will retain his police pension even if convicted.

According to Edwardsville city attorney Jeff Berkbigler,
"The only way he would lose his pension is if he was convicted of a felony committed in relation to his duties as a police officer."
Collins was off-duty when he visited the Image Sun Tanning Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois, and allegedly held his cell phone over a dividing wall to photograph a young woman on the other side who was about to tan. He has been charged with three counts of unauthorized video recording, a class four misdemeanor. 

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no mercy for bad cops
no mercy for bad cops

The idea that he will get to keep his pension is unconscionable.  There is a special level of hell reserved for people who betray the public trust, trust they take a public oath to keep.  We should expect a higher standard for on and off duty behavior from politicians, judges, police officers and others that take or administer oaths.  Betrayal should result in forfeiture of all gains from that work regardless of how honestly it was gained. Take his privileges.  Take his freedom.  Take his pension.  Take the message to public officials everywhere – betray our trust and you will lose everything.

Olemongrel
Olemongrel

Don't be so quick to throw the first stone.  Yes he did make an oath but remember he is also human first.  Humans do make mistakes and there is no reason why the man privilege to live be taken from him for bad judgement.  Its not like he have a history of criminal activities over the years.  Yes he should be punished but not more  than his crime needs. Not because he is/was an police officer, but as another human being.

Wendymarie1974
Wendymarie1974

I agree.... he was a role model for our children. Our tax dollars are paying a man who has taught our children mistrust, disrespect, and immortality. If anything, his pension belongs to his suffering family. My prayers are with the family.

Tiger14
Tiger14

What does a pension mean? Will he get his job back?

My2Cents
My2Cents

Oh, so he mistakenly took videos of women in a tanning salon... being an office gets him more contempt for this, as he should have known better, no ifs ands or buts... but hey, he's human... how would it make you feel if someone had done it to you, would you feel the same about how your privacy was violated?

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

Let me put it this way... The woman who was victimized will pay taxes. Some of that money will now go to pay his pension. How in God's name is that just? Men and women on the police force know the laws and they know them well They are charged with upholding them,, not breaking them...

Olemongrel
Olemongrel

How can you place the burden of teaching your children about trust, respect and morality on one policeman? His duty as an Police officer was to protect and to serve not to be a parent to your child/children.  You need to step up and be a parent to your children and do your duties of teaching your kids the trust and respect and about morality. Maybe you should be charged with child abandonment.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

No one is placing the full burden on him. But he was paid to educate children for several years. If anything, the government is placing that burden on him.

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