I have received numerous comments on this blog asking me for further statements or opinions on the charges and investigations against Lt. Matthews of the Kingston Police Department.
Lt. Matthews has been ACCUSED of Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing $9,000.00 in evidence money. He has pleaded not guilty and is presumed innocent until proven guilty or until he makes a plea or an admission. None of these has occurred.
There is an investigation regarding the school district and its security. No formal charges have been brought yet.
I will not under any circumstances make a judgment on this matter until the investigations are over and the evidence submitted. I also want to hear Lt. Matthews' side of the story. Our system of government allows the most vile of criminals the presumption of innocence. Is not an officer of Matthews' stature entitled to at least that?
I hope that the good people of Kingston will avoid listening to the rampant rumors which will no doubt spread throughout the city. There should be no rush to judgment. If the Lieutenant committed a crime, then he should be punished. Until a crime is proven or admitted by the Lieutenant, I will not condemn him. I am willing to give Lt. Matthews the benefit of the doubt.