[Madison, WI….] Sheriff Kalvin Barrett retaliated against Dane County Detective Anthony Hamilton by placing him on administrative leave after Hamilton exposed Barrett and others in the sheriff’s department to alter law enforcement reports .
Detective Hamilton said he was escorted out of the Sheriff’s Department offices on Thursday and told his discharge was due to the release of “confidential information”. Detective Hamilton filed a civil complaint in federal court earlier in the week, revealing that the sheriff and others altered reports and conducted an unlawful search at the Magnuson Hotel in Madison in March 2021. Hamilton requested a investigation into the search, but Barrett never followed up, which is in violation of departmental code.
“Retaliation is part of the culture at Kalvin Barrett’s agency. However, if my lawsuit is without merit as Barrett claims, then what confidential information have I disclosed that would warrant being placed on administrative leave? No one knows because they will not share this information with me or my union,” Detective Hamilton said.
The unprecedented retaliatory move against Hamilton goes against Barrett’s campaign team saying they ‘don’t believe the case has any merit’.
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