State’s Attorney candidate loses job after donating to citizen journalist arrested at protest

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Paul Carpenter, the man running for Winnebago County State’s Attorney will no longer work in the state’s attorney’s office over a donation he made to a citizen journalist arrested at Friday’s Rockford City Market protest.

In a statement released Tuesday night, Carpenter says he donated $25 dollars of his own money to help pay for photography equipment when a journalist was arrested.

Carpenter, a democrat, has worked in the state’s attorney’s office since 2011, he’s running against Repubican J. Hanely for state’s attorney.

"I did not violate any law or any policy of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Nevertheless, the State’s Attorney determined that this $25 personal contribution was cause to end my employment at the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, where I have worked since 2011, zealously defending Winnebago County, its taxpayers, and its employees, including Sheriff’s Deputies, in various lawsuits," he said in a statement.

The man arrested, Albert Riley Jr. was charged with aggravated battery in a public way and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

Carpenter says the money was not for the bond of the man arrested, and he was later given a recognizance bond. The donation was instead to pay for damaged equipment.

"Just like other donations I have made to organizations like the Family Peace Center, the Rockford Rescue Mission, and the United Way COVID Relief Fund, this was done with my own money, on my own time," Carpenter added.

Carpenter is still running for Winnebago County State’s Attorney, he has worked in the office since 2011.

" I have enjoyed the privilege of serving the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and believe that my vision for the future of community safety, and standing up for all people whether or not they are wealthy and powerful, is what Winnebago County voters are looking for," the statement went on to say.

Carpenter will face off against State’s Attorney Candidate J. Hanley in the November election. The two will also square off in an election forum hosted by 13 WREX on October 6 at 7 p.m..

Full statement
On Saturday, September 26, I contributed $25 from my personal funds to help pay for photography equipment damaged when a journalist was arrested. I want to stress that this was not for this individual’s bond, and he was later given a recognizance bond. I believe in the importance of journalists covering these important events in our community. Just like other donations I have made to organizations like the Family Peace Center, the Rockford Rescue Mission, and the United Way Covid Relief Fund, this was done with my own money, on my own time. I did not violate any law or any policy of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Nevertheless, the State’s Attorney determined that this $25 personal contribution was cause to end my employment at the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, where I have worked since 2011, zealously defending Winnebago County, its taxpayers, and its employees, including Sheriff’s Deputies, in various lawsuits.  

Since this State’s Attorney has been appointed, I have routinely defended her, privately and publicly, from detractors who accuse her of various biases or poor judgment. I have enjoyed the privilege of serving the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and believe that my vision for the future of community safety, and standing up for all people whether or not they are wealthy and powerful, is what Winnebago County voters are looking for.   

via WREX

September 30, 2020 at 07:04AM

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