Golf outing controversy E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent article in The Missourian newspaper, an investigation conducted by the Columbia Police Officers Association found that incidents of misconduct took place at its golf tournament held last June. The inquiry began after Columbia media received an unsigned letter claiming that female employees from Truman's Bar and Grill "were clothed in bikini bottoms only" during the CPOA event at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

The CPOA concluded in a news release that the letter overstated the situation but did acknowledge some controversy.

Although women did expose their breasts, the release stated the incident occurred at an unnamed location other than the clubhouse.

The allegation that Jell-O shots were taken from their breasts was not addressed. And because the golf tournament was a private event and no Missouri laws were broken, the incident is being dealt with privately between Truman's Bar and Grill and its employees according to the union's press release.

Columbia Police Department Sgt. Jill Schlude told reporters that she agreed that no legal infraction occurred.

"There's nothing illegal about being topless," she said.

If an officer were involved, any violation that occurred would have been of the Police Department's code of conduct, Schlude said.

The violation would have applied whether the officer was on or off duty.

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