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December 9, 2022

Deputy gets Oral Reprimand for 5 death threats, 7 threats of violence, and allegations of spouse abuse –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 13, 2019

Cumberland Co., IL. (ECWd) –

We first reported on the violence-laced text messages of Cumberland County Deputy Steve Carr (here) when he was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

The investigation is now over and he was disciplined with an Oral Reprimand for Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer.

Anyone else would have surely been labeled a violent person and stripped of their firearms, but this guy keeps his badge, guns, and public job as Cumberland County Deputy Sheriff.

According to the Internal Investigation (below) we received under the Freedom of Information Act:

  • Carr was advised he was being placed on admin leave pending completion of an investigation
  • During an interview, it was stated that a victim had to wear a long-sleeve sweater to cover up bruises she received from Carr
  • During an interview, it was stated that Carr would pull his gun and hand it to a victim and say “just shoot me” to her
  • Reading the text messages reveals at least 5 death threats and 7 threats of violence 
  • During the interview with Carr, he refused to read the Declaration of Rights Form and refused to sign it
  • Carr said he didn’t remember sending the text messages
  • Carr agreed to and was ordered to a Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluation
  • In the October 8, 2019, letter, Sheriff Maroon stated that he found the victim’s account [of the allegations] as credible and believed Carr was the source of the text messages
  • On Nov 13, 2019, Carr was informed the internal investigation was complete, was issued an oral reprimand, and placed back on duty since the Doctor said he was fit for duty and did not present a threat to himself or others
  • Carr was to comply with a mutual no-contact order and to have no contact with the 4 named people in the Order
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20 Comments
  • TOM DENNING
    Posted at 11:55h, 13 December

    the good old boys strikes again no justice . STEVE MAROON YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF AND RESIGN BECAUSE YOU HAVE LOST THE CONFIDENCE FROM THE PEOPLE OF CUMBERLAND CO. ANYBODY ELSE WOULD HAVE LOST THERE JOB. HAD THIS HAPPENED TO SOMEONE OTHER THEN YOUR EMPLOYEE . NO GOOD SHERIFF WOULD HAVE STOOD FOR SUCH BAD BEHAVIOR THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT SOMEDAY THE DIRT WILL SURFACE AND WILL ALL BE SETTLED AND IT WILL SETTLE ON THE SHERIFF,S DEPT.UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE GOOD OFFICERS IT JUST MAKES THEM LOOK JUST AS BAD AS YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE PUT THE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE SHERIFF,S DEPT. PEOPLE CAN,T TRUST YOU TO MAKE A SIRIUS DECISION WHEN ALL THE FACTS ARE LAID OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AGAIN I SAY SHAME ON YOU.

  • Sequoia
    Posted at 13:34h, 13 December

    This officer needs to lose his badge, his gun rights, and be commited involuntarily to a psychiatric facility.
    He is a disgrace to the profession and needs to be removed as such.

  • Know Justice
    Posted at 17:56h, 13 December

    What a disgrace. Everyone involved in this decision should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Lilith
    Posted at 22:07h, 13 December

    He sounds like a garbage human. He needs to be locked anyway.

    • BS
      Posted at 22:41h, 13 December

      Why do only some comments get through?????

    • Ha F da s
      Posted at 22:43h, 13 December

      You sound like trash

  • Sgt. Joe Friday (LAPD Ret.)
    Posted at 23:28h, 13 December

    All I can say is, “WOW. I would have expected more.” I hope, for everyone’s sake, he keeps his emotions in check for the remainder of his career. If not, as my wife says, “Getchur checkbook out. This one is going to be expensive.”

  • Maroon
    Posted at 06:48h, 14 December

    This is rediculous. When elected officials look out for each other’s backs, more than the citizens that elected them, it’s time to vote them out. Steve maroon and Bryan Robbins both have the obligation to do the right thing and are failing to do so. When they admit a crime has been committed, and believe that he did it, but fail to arrest/charge him, they are both failing to do their jobs. They are aware of other illegal/ abuse of power actions Steve carr has committed and fail to do anything. I wonder if everyone texted the sheriff and Bryan and threaten their life, since they don’t think it is a crime, if they decide to charge anyone that’s not a cop. What double standard bs this is. When someone says they are just going to start arresting everyone, and nobody gets a free pass by anymore, that’s abuse of power, and another reason he needs fired. Blame that damn fop Union as well. The guy showed up at parties, while on duty, to spend time with another man’s wife. I’ve heard from several people that Carr has something over maroon, and that’s why he’s scared to do anything to Carr. Also heard there have been weapons and other items illegally seized, that never got entered into evidence or were seen again. I think people need to contact ISP and ATF, and start requesting them to look into things, since our locals can’t do their jobs. Also if his ex alleged that she was harmed physically by him, why was he not charged with domestic battery?? Anyone else will have been. When you have double standards like this, it strips the integrity and respect from the legal system. This is what makes people dislike cops, and makes it dangerous for the good ones.

    • Michael Hoit
      Posted at 07:37h, 16 December

      The ISP help cover up for cops in Illinois, I’m living proof of it, the feds dont care either been down both paths long before vermilion county deputy thomas cruppinink murdered michael brandel and tortured roger freed… the police are nothing more than tyrants these days and just a little research it’s easy to prove that cops are no longer the good guys, groups like the watchdogs are the only reliable sources for facts these days.

  • Aaron
    Posted at 07:40h, 14 December

    More special treatment for a police officer. This is proof the rest of us are just second class citizenry. These “investigators” should be held liable when this guy goes off the rail again, and he will. Makes you wonder what is under the rug.

  • Roger
    Posted at 11:45h, 15 December

    He’s extremely lucky they didn’t go the for the more serious punishment of a foam pool noodle flogging. That could have left a mark on his psyche.

  • Chasity
    Posted at 15:20h, 15 December

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Your inflamitory, unsubstantiated, ramblings will not be posted unless and until you provide official documented proof of your ramblings.

    • Chasity
      Posted at 21:21h, 15 December

      Where and when would you like to meet me to show you the things she destroyed out of jealousy and anger. I actually have a lot. Harder evidence than what she has, in which you’re posting about. This is all alleged. You guys are just biased and only want one side of the story clearly. Everyone else is posting lies and stuff they no one know is true or not about him and you’re allowing that.

      • jmkraft
        Posted at 21:31h, 15 December

        We reported on what was contained within the documents obtained from the Sheriff’s Department

        • Chasity
          Posted at 21:34h, 15 December

          And you deleted my comment. Still not answering me on where and when to meet with the items that she has destroyed and other people that has witnessed her outburst. And not deleting other comments of allegations NOT proven about him. BIASED.

        • Chasity
          Posted at 21:49h, 15 December

          What you did was obtain these documents because your group has nothing better to do with your pathetic lives but bash other people. You want proof that she is in fact the crazy one get ahold of me or him. Want to bash someone and publicly humiliate them why don’t you do it to there face not behind a screen like a coward. I have multiple items as evidence, not to mention people that have witnessed her outburst and how he handled it. Never ever laying a hand on her. There is two sides to every story, but you are only interested in one.

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 21:52h, 15 December

            No, we got the records because they are public records and we wanted to warn other people about this officer. That is what we do, look at local governments and their actions.

          • Chasity
            Posted at 22:05h, 15 December

            Still not telling the whole story. I know there is no arguing. Because you all are professional at bashing and slandering. Just want everyone else to know that there is two sides to every story and I do in fact have evidence.

      • Becki Denning
        Posted at 17:50h, 16 December

        You don’t seem to want to comment on the fact that they got the information from the sheriffs department. I guess they are making stuff up also.

  • Michael Hoit
    Posted at 07:32h, 16 December

    Look at his threats to ” start killing people” this is why police officers can not be trusted in Illinois at all.
    #justiceformichaelbrandel
    #chargethomascruppinink

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