Mayor Mike Houston says he’s not dodging questions about the latest controversies in the Springfield police department… but he also says he won’t be badgered.
Houston raised eyebrows Tuesday night by rapidly exiting and slamming a door in the face of reporters who were trying to question him about the latest revelations in the department’s file shredding scandal. He blamed it on what he described as unprofessional conduct by a single reporter… for Channel 20, which broke the story about previously-undisclosed details on the 2008 arrest of Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher.
Houston is publicly backing Buscher and Police Chief Robert Williams… and rejecting Alderman Frank Edwards's suggestion that the two step aside until a probe is comlpeted. Houston says the community should wait for the results of a state police investigation before jumping to conclusions on the document destruction.