Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Shawneetown Police Chief Defends His Department
SHAWNEETOWN -- A Gallatin County police chief is defending his department after the family of a missing woman says they didn't do their best to protect her.
Thursday marks a month since Chrissy Williams, 39, of Shawneetown was last seen. Family and friends have been on an all out search for her ever since.
This week they've also criticized Shawneetown police saying the department ignored Chrissy's concerns about her safety.
More than half a dozen family and friends picketed in front of the Shawneetown Police Department Wednesday. They believe Williams sought help there just a few days before her disappearance, but was turned away.
Chief Bob Boon says the group has the right to protest, but their claims are false.
Boon has only been in this chair for eight months, but challenging the integrity of his department doesn't sit well with him.
"To say our department's not doing anything, it's wrong," he said. "And I take domestic violence seriously."
Wednesday, family and friends of Williams made a stand against domestic violence in front of his office. They also shared Facebook messages between Williams and a friend that took place just two days before she disappeared.
In the conversation, Williams claimed she had been threatened so she went to the police, but they didn't help her.
Williams wrote "They won't do anything. Never do until I come up dead." She went on to write that if she goes missing, this is who did it, naming the person. Tami Jackson, Williams' sister, told News 3 the person mentioned is Williams' ex-boyfriend.
"Can you arrest somebody on that? Knowing this relationship since May and talking to the officers that worked here before, that still work here, that's dealt with them before me, I probably wouldn't have," explained Boon.
Boon went on to say that the man Williams accused of threatening her was brought in to his department and questioned by the Illinois State Police detectives just days after she went missing.
Jackson also mentioned an order of protection Williams had previously filed against the man. Thursday morning Chief Boon checked with the Gallatin County sheriff and only found a domestic battery charge from May 10th, which Williams dropped a week later.
"To my knowledge, here in Gallatin County, that has been the only thing that we have had as far as charges. There has been no order of protections ever entered," Boon insisted.
Boon hopes everyone can stop pointing fingers and come together for a common cause: bringing Chrissy Williams home.
"I'd just like to see the girl walk through the door and live a life," he added.
We checked with the Gallatin and Hardin County circuit clerks Thursday. Neither office has an order of protection on file for Chrissy Williams.
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