Five racial harassment complaints have been filed by current and former Beloit Police Department against Chief John Wilson. One of the complaints states “Wilson openly created a hostile working environment for [David] Burkee because of his race and in retaliation for Burkee complaining about racial discrimination. No similarly situated white or non-complaining employee was treated as harshly as Burkee.”
According to GazetteExtra:
The town of Beloit in early 2009 reprimanded Wilson in writing and required him to take a sensitivity class after the police union in late 2008 filed a complaint against the chief.
In 2009, the police union passed a vote of no confidence against the chief. Since then, many complaints have been filed at the town level and many local investigations have taken place. The employees and business owner who filed the federal complaints say they were retaliated against for speaking against Wilson or because of their races.