Kensington police Sgt. Keith T. Barrow lost more than his moral compass last year during an encounter with a prostitute in a Reno hotel room. Law enforcement experts consulted by this newspaper found that deeply troubling, and some residents of the quaint, affluent hillside town called it outrageous.
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But late Friday, nearly nine months after his bad night in Reno, and after this newspaper started asking questions of Barrow and Kensington officials, his attorney said a disciplinary decision has been made. Barrow will be suspended, attorney Justin Buffington told the newspaper, but he would not say for how long or when it would begin. By losing his weapon, they say, Barrow put the public at risk — and the town of Kensington under huge liability. Prostitution in Nevada is only legal in d brothels.
Barrow was not cited. In interviews with this newspaper, Broadway and the Washoe County, Nevada, district attorney at the time would not explain the decision. Broadway told the newspaper details of the incident but did not identify Barrow.
But police have known for months.
Police Chief Greg Harman has repeatedly listed in his monthly public reports a pending internal investigation of unbecoming conduct stemming from an incident involving an off-duty officer on May 23, The last reference to the open investigation was Jan. Barrow remains head of the Kensington police union, negotiating for raises with Welsh and others. Barrow should have been immediately suspended and aggressively investigated when Kensington officials first learned about the stolen gun, said Sam Walker, a criminology professor at the University Nebraska, Lincoln.
A group of residents sued the town two years ago, claiming the board rammed through a new contract for Harman in violation of its own rules. The Barrow saga only adds to the ongoing tumult, residents said.
They protect each other. He declined to provide specifics.
Within 45 minutes, police arrested Christina Mae Taylor, then 25, who lived in a nearby ramshackle motel, and charged her with grand larceny. Grant surfaced the next morning at a downtown pawnshop, where he got into an altercation with two people. But when he tried to draw it, he shot himself in the leg and police arrested him.
Taylor pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Sept. He was a cop.
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He was off duty. Taylor was placed on probation, but she failed to check in with her officer.
As of last week, a warrant was active for her arrest. Grant missed a court date, and a warrant was also active for him. Follow Thomas Peele at Twitter. News Crime and Public Safety.
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