SHEBOYGAN — A John Doe proceeding has been requested to investigate specific allegations against a Sheboygan Police detective.
75-year-old Ira Robins, an investigative consultant from Milwaukee, filed a petition Thursday for a John Doe investigation following allegations of misconduct against Joel Clark, a detective with the Sheboygan Police Department.
The filing came during a demonstration Thursday afternoon outside the Sheboygan County Courthouse where demonstrators held signs that called for integrity in the courts.
According to the petition, Clark is accused of misconduct in public office, false arrest, writing false official police reports, criminal slander, fraud on the court, reporting false information to other law enforcement agencies, illegal search, and theft, among other charges.
The accusations stem from a criminal case Clark was assigned to in August 2016, where Eric Burrows was allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend. According to a criminal complaint, Burrows was accused of mailing a snake to the ex-girlfriend. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 13th in that matter.
Clark has been a law enforcement officer for 23 years. “There is absolutely no doubt, based on his education and experience, Detective Clark is well aware of the laws concerning Misconduct in Public Office, arrest, search and seizure, tampering with evidence, destruction of evidence, writing false reports, and perjury,” Robins wrote in the petition. “He, as a law enforcement officer, is empowered to enforce the law but is not empowered to violate it.”
The petition also accuses Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Smathers of wrongdoing. Smathers, who is married to former Sheboygan Press editor Jason Smathers, is accused of hindering the discovery process and making false statements to a judge.
MySheboygan.com reached out to Clark and Police Chief Chris Domagalski but neither responded when asked for comment. District Attorney Joel Urmanski told The Sheboygan Press on Thursday that he hadn’t seen a copy of the document.