A 911 operator in Delaware was arrested for allegedly tipping off her boyfriend and sending police to the wrong address when a caller reported a shooting.
Alleshia L. Kennedy, 26, is charged with hindering prosecution, official misconduct and malicious interference with emergency communications.
Now the Wilmington City Council is weighing whether it should ban cell phones from 911 call centers.
Kennedy was working the night a call came in reporting a shooting just before 11 p.m. on Jan. 9, according to a court affidavit. The caller said they spoke to another operator earlier and gave the wrong address.
Although Kennedy said “we’ll let the officers know,” she allegedly did not enter the new address into the system. Instead she called her boyfriend, 24-year-old Deontay Willingham, on her cell phone.
A moment later Willingham, a convicted felon, texted someone named “Crook” and warned him, “Bro sum lady called the cops and told â?¦ (your) crib iz where the shots came from."
"So be easy and clean up," Willingham texted, adding that the information about the address "was never put in."
His final instruction said, "Erase dis."
"If the 911 call taker does not enter the notes for the call for service, the 911 dispatcher is unaware of the incident, and the call for service will not be dispatched to officers," the affidavit says.
Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams issued a statement Monday addressing the breach of trust and safety of the town's citzens.
“The citizens of Wilmington deserve city employees and public safety personnel who will uphold the public trust and serve with honor and integrity. We are closely evaluating the city’s hiring policies, and specifically, looking to revamp the hiring procedures for civilian employees assigned to public safety,” Williams said.
“We are already dealing with the fact there is a fear of reporting,” said City Councilwoman Maria D. Cabrera, adding that the incident is now “another reason why people don’t have trust in public safety. Getting news of this type hits you in the gut.”
Authorities began investigating Kennedy, when Willingham was arrested on Jan. 16, after he led police on a high-speed chase in a car that was registered to her.
The confiscated two phones on Willingham, one including the text to Crook.
Investigators later confiscated Kennedy’s phone and discovered she had spoken with Willingham before and after the Jan. 6 shooting.
She faces up to 2.5 years in prison if convicted on all charges.