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Capitol Police chief denies wrongdoing

Posted February 4, 2013

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— One day after he and a sergeant under his command were placed on leave during an internal investigation, the acting chief of the State Capitol Police said Monday that he didn't do anything to warrant the suspension.

"I did nothing wrong," Antonio Asion said.

Secretary of Public Safety Kieran Shanahan placed Asion and Sgt. Benjamin Franklin on investigatory placement, or paid leave, saying he had "serious concerns about certain practices involving secondary employment."

Asion said the investigation has nothing to do with him doing off-duty work, but he declined to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.

Like many other law enforcement agencies, the State Capitol Police allow officers to provide security for businesses and events while off duty to earn extra money.

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The State Capitol Police provide security to employees and visitors at state-owned properties in downtown Raleigh. A separate police force, the General Assembly police, is responsible for security at the Legislative Building and the legislative office building and for legislative leaders when they travel.

Maj. William Gray of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has been named acting chief of the State Capitol Police during the investigation.

Asion joined the State Bureau of Investigation two years ago and was named deputy chief of the State Capitol Police last August. He became acting chief last fall following the death of Chief Scott Hunter.

Franklin has worked with the State Capitol Police since May 1994. His annual salary is $45,502.

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  • Duke _Nukem Feb 5, 2:59 p.m.

    Maybe Shanahan should investigate why some state law enforcement agencies permit their officers to do off-duty security work while others entirely prohibit it. A level playing field would be nice.-pinehorse

    Maybe because it's not a crime. Every Chief has discretion as to whether he allows secondary employment or not. Most do because LEO pay is low and they need it to survive.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 5, 9:59 a.m.

    If you not gonna tell why they were suspended, what is the purpose of this making the news?

  • Mr Davis Feb 5, 9:01 a.m.

    The Sgt in this case must have been demoted for something prior. Why does he have captains bars on his collar if he is a Sgt?

  • rhess2 Feb 4, 6:58 p.m.

    What bothers me is the investigation is about employees that get paid through tax dollars and nobody at this point will reveal what it is about. I can understand if it involved something such as National security, but I hardly belive State Capitol Police fall into that category. Not saying anything makes me belive it may be political in nature. The citizens of North Carolina at minimum deserve to know the reasons for the investigation.

  • Cock a doodle doo Feb 4, 6:53 p.m.

    All I know is if I were accused of doing something I didn't do I'd be scared as heck knowing that people like those that judge before even knowing what the charge may be are out here with their pitchforks and torches. Have we even really evolved from the times of the Salem witch trials or the medieval ages?

  • lawranger9752 Feb 4, 6:31 p.m.

    we really need to wait and see what the real issue is here before we make any judgements. admin leave is very common in every department and anyone can make a complaint any any good agencey must investigate and police itself. so hold off on the judgements for now these guys worked hard to be where they are and shouldnt be judged before you no all the facts.

  • Terkel Feb 4, 6:29 p.m.

    Daisy - most pols do what, appoint those who aid and abet criminals to top LE position?

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 4, 5:59 p.m.

    "His annual salary is $45,502."

    WHAT!!!! That's it?!!

  • Daisy1 Feb 4, 5:53 p.m.

    "glorified security guard IMHO" " most hazardous thing he has to do, kick the homeless off State Property?" REALLY??? Well IMHO you are sadly misinformed as to what is involved in police work. I'm sure they handle the same sorts of crimes that any other police department handles. You honestly think that crimes are not committed on state property...do you live in a bubble? I guess criminals know that invisible line that goes around state property is a no fly zone!!!

  • pinehorse Feb 4, 5:47 p.m.

    Maybe Shanahan should investigate why some state law enforcement agencies permit their officers to do off-duty security work while others entirely prohibit it. A level playing field would be nice.

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