Wellston, MO – A city councilwoman in a suburb of St. Louis is being investigated; not by law enforcement, but by a local news agency for interfering with police and even having officers fired. An officer has been fired, twice, for investigating incidents involving the councilwoman’s son that included dealing crack cocaine and heroin as well as domestic battery on his girlfriend.
According to FOX 2 (KTVI), the problem started in late 2013 when officers raided the home of Terrence Dixon, son of city councilwoman Janet Dixon, for selling drugs out his home (where young children were). Terrence Dixon admitted, on tape, to Officer Dan Donahue that he sold crack cocaine and heroin out of the house. FOX 2 reported that Dixon got probation for possession, while officer Donahue and two others were fired. The Wellston police chief, GT Walker, believes this is because Terrence is the son of the councilwoman. The City Council has the ability to fire police officers.
The firings were soon reversed but that didn’t last for Donahue, who was fired again this past December for trying to help a woman who had previously called 911 to report being beat “with belt buckles”, and that it had happened several times. The suspect was Terrence Dixon. The victim showed police her injuries and stated “I’m tired of getting beat” and “every time this happens, his mother Janet Dixon gets him out of trouble.” This time, a neighbor had called police to report a woman that looked like she was trying to “crawl out the window” but “it appeared somebody pulled her back in.”
Body camera footage shows Officer Donahue not being allowed in, by Councilwoman Dixon, who then escorted the woman to a car. Officer Donahue, attempting to speak directly to the woman said, “this is going to continue for you until you stop it”. Shortly after, Councilwoman Dixon told the Donahue “this will be your last paycheck”. At the next City Council meeting Officer Donahue was fired.
If that’s not outrageous enough, Councilwoman Dixon filed a protection order against Officer Donahue, claiming he told her he’ll “kill my black ass.” The only problem is, after an investigation, it was revealed by cell phone records that Donahue was nowhere near where Dixon claimed he threatened her at the time of the alleged incident. When FOX 2 asked her if she had lied to the Judge, she refused to answer. As of this writing, Janet Dixon still sits on a City Council Board that has the power to fire officers, and prosecutors refuse to bring a case against her.
Chris Hayes of FOX 2 originally reported this story.