After several reports showed a disturbing trend of racial discrimination by Illinois State Police officers, a Carlinville police report now alleges that a former trooper got into an altercation at a bar in the small town for drunkenly using a racial slur.
Kenneth Snider, the former supervisor of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's security detail, resigned in March after word of the altercation slowly spread. Snider also stepped down from his position as president of the Carlinville School Board, and the chairman of the Macoupin County Democratic Party.
Carlinville Police Chief David Haley told the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this year that Snider himself had called the police to the Anchor Inn in the 5,700-person town south of Springfield; that there had been a fight of some kind; and that he had forwarded the matter on to the ISP for further investigation.
But it wasn't until this week that police released copies of their official report on the incident, describing what investigators believe transpired on the night of March 17.
One eyewitness said that Snider "could not walk straight and was the drunkest I have ever seen him," according to the State Journal-Register. He reportedly bumped into a young black man, a student from Blackburn College, a 600-student "work college" in Carlinville.
"This is a white man's bar," Snider allegedly said to the student, shoving him and calling him the n-word. The student then punched him in the face, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors decided not to press charges in the incident. But the damage to Snider's career was already done.