City of Lockport mayoral candidate Mike Pillot has raised more than a few eyebrows over the past week with accusations of rampant criminal activity within the Lockport Police Department.
Last Thursday evening, Pillot stated that he has proof of the alleged illegal activities, which according to Pillot, included a recorded conversation. A few days later, after being asked to provide this proof by Police Chief Neil Merritt, Pillot asked a supporter to destroy the evidence. In case that was unclear, a 25-year police veteran asked a supporter to destroy evidence of illegal activity. I find that stunning. Even more stunning is the fact that Pillot publicly admitted such.
As a law enforcement officer, is it not your duty and obligation to report illegal activity, now and while on the job? What about the crime, was it a victimless crime? How would the victim feel knowing you just had evidence destroyed that may have impacted his or her case?
I'd like to know why Pillot continued to work at LPD if the department is so corrupt. To me, he sold his soul. Essentially, he continued to work there, believing that department is corrupt. Upon, leaving, he decided to spill the beans. But if he knew about it while there, while taking a taxpayer subsidized paycheck, he was part of the alleged cover-up.
If you knew about illegal activities and sat on them while collecting a check, you put your personal interests before the interests of the city.
Hardly the traits we need in a mayor.