Canyon County

Idaho State Police investigating two Middleton police officers

csewell@idahostatesman.com

Middleton Mayor Darin Taylor says he and the community are on “pins and needles” waiting to learn the outcome of an Idaho State Police investigation into two Middleton police officers for for possible misconduct.

“ISP has been investigating it for about four or five weeks. When I say ‘it’ I actually do not know what ‘it’ is,” Taylor told the Statesman. “The city has not received any complaint, no written demand. I have only heard bits and pieces … and we all know how reliable that is.”

Middleton Police Department and Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on May 11 asked Idaho State Police to conduct an investigation into possible misconduct involving two of Middleton police officers, Stephen J. Walker and Robert A. Kightlinger, ISP spokesperson Teresa Baker told the Statesman.

Neither ISP nor Canyon County will provide details of the alleged misconduct, due to the pending investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing and upon its completion the reports will be turned over the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine whether there were any violations of criminal laws,” said Baker. “The Middleton Police Department will be responsible for determining whether there were any violations of their department’s policies and procedures.”

Once the findings are released the county prosecutor and the city will, if warranted, “take immediate, prompt action,” Taylor said.

Until then, Taylor said he does not want to speculate on the allegations or possible outcomes.

“We care about fairness for all parties. We care about respect for all parties. We care about the rights for all parties,” he said.

According to Idaho POST Academy, Walker joined the Middleton Police Department on Dec. 1, 2014. Prior to that he worked for Canyon County Sheriff’s Office. Kightlinger joined Middleton Police Department on Dec. 8, 2014. Prior to that he worked for Idaho Department of Correction.

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