WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A sheriff in Missouri has apologized after a deputy used mud to cover an outdoor CCTV camera at a private home on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Imperial, Missouri, resident Ashley Mathis shared surveillance footage to Facebook. In the video, three deputies enter her yard before one of the deputies approaches the camera and covers the lens with mud.
Mathis said that she subsequently filled out a citizen’s complaint form and was told by deputies that the officer in the video “did not commit a crime and did no wrong”.
In a Facebook post on Feb. 13, which has since been removed, the sheriff’s office apologized for the deputy’s actions and said that the department’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident.
The sheriff’s office said in the post that deputies were sent to the residence at the request of another agency to verify the possible address of an offender who had a warrant out for their arrest.
“While the deputies were familiar with the residence, and thought they may be back for the subject, it is not an excuse for the action(s) of covering the camera. Again, we offer no valid excuse for the actions of our Deputy,” the post continued.
The sheriff’s office said a “supervisor from the Office of Professional Standards has been in touch with the homeowner, and Sheriff Marshak personally spoke with the homeowner today to apologize for this incident.”