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Wyandotte County Community Integrity Unit “up and running” as DA announces charges are filed against 4 officers in 2 separate cases | News – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-01-13 22:45:00 –

Wyandotte County, Kansas (KCTV)-On Wednesday, the Wyandotte County District Attorney announced that an independent community integrity unit was in operation.

The unit investigates allegations of fraud by law enforcement agencies.

The announcement was made when Wyandot County District Attorney Mark Dupley Sr. also revealed that he had been charged against four law enforcement officers in two separate cases.

One of the cases was a hit-and-run accident at I-70 near I-435 on December 13, 2019.

Charles and Regina Breitenbach remember talking to each other when they drove home at around 10:50 pm that night.

“He suddenly came to us,” Charles Breitenbach said of the rear-end collision.

The couple pulled to assess the damage and make sure everyone was okay. That’s when they say they saw the driver who hit them speed up. The couple feels lucky to see the witness crash.

Witnesses told the couple they were chasing the driver and reported him as they noticed unstable and dangerous driving.

“She told us,’We called it many times,’ before he attacked us,” Regina Breitenbach said. “They followed him all the way home, saying,’We didn’t mean to let him go.'”

Michael Demir Simmons Jr., an investigator at the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, has been charged with leaving the scene of the accident. Investigators say he was driving a vehicle in Wyandot County during the hit-and-run.

Former Kansas City, Kansas, police officer Sarah Punjada, and Major Andrew Carver of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office have been charged with official misconduct and interference with law enforcement. They have been accused of interfering with the hit-and-run investigation.

Simmons was “finally found and arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene,” according to reports of the Kansas Highway Patrol crash.

Dupley said more charges could have been filed. KCTV5 News asked if Simmons was injured at the time of the crash. “If the investigation was not interrupted, I think there was evidence that could indicate it, but there is no evidence.”

A spokesperson for the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office said there was an internal investigation.

“On February 22, 2020, Sara Punjada quit employment with Kansas Police in Kansas City to pursue other opportunities,” said a Kansas City Kansas Police spokesperson.

“You think they are there to protect you, and you find that they attacked you, and he doesn’t even stop to see if we’re okay. It was, “said Regina Breitenbach. “He didn’t know if we were okay.”

In another case, police officer Travis Toms in Kansas City, Kansas, was charged with purchasing a sexual relationship.

According to the district attorney, Toms was accused of committing a crime in November 2020, both on duty and in uniform.

Complete Statement of KCKPD:

“The Kansas City Kansas Police Department’s Interior Department began an investigation into Officer Toms on November 18, 2020. On December 15, 2020, the Department put him on administrative leave. A thorough investigation was completed. The Interior Detective then filed the case at the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office on January 7. The message of our department remains clear to our employees and the communities in which we live and serve- Behavior that is not suitable for an officer is neither tolerated nor exempted. It must be investigated thoroughly and efficiently. “

“No matter who you are, what position you have, what title you have, no one is beyond the law, so we should all be held accountable. “Dupley said.

Community members in Wyandot County can call 913-573-8100 to report a complaint to the Community Integrity Unit.

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