Reports of watching porn and use of racial slurs surface at Butler Police Department

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by Matt Doyle
by Jesse Tovar

BUTLER -- Porn on police computers and racial slurs are just two allegations the Butler Police Department is facing, leaving many residents upset. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department investigated ten areas of concern around former village of Butler police chief Michael Cosgrove.

Cosgrove along with several staff members regularly viewed pornography at work, with one officer repeatedly starting his day by declaring, "porn in the morn." Further allegations against Cosgrove include his use of the N-word in e-mails and calling African-Americans "monkeys." 

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released a 365-page report detailing the transgressions of Cosgrove and members of his staff including talking openly about sex in the office, using profane language to describe other law enforcement officers, and managing his department through fear and intimidation.

Butler Village Administrator, Jesse Thyes, has spoken about what measures need to be taken after this incident including "strengthening the language of our computer usage and computer equipment including cell phones. Anything, electronic equipment, village-owned that policy will be strengthened significantly." 

But it still leaves a lasting impression on residents, with many disgusted by these actions. Butler resident Suzanne Lex said, "That's disgusting personally. It doesn't make feel good at all, it's not right." 

Thyes urges for reformation for the Butler Police Department, "Working from top-down to re-establish a working and responsible culture with higher morale and levels of expectation." 

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