“Anything that I released would have been at his direction,” Williams said.
Barton was the last person to take the stand. While he is not proud of his decision to withhold part of the truth from federal investigators, he said, he did choose to tell the whole truth of his own volition in 2012, shortly before Eaton was set to go to trial.
“I'm ashamed for what I did in 2011 but I'm proud of what I did in 2012,” Barton said.
He had nothing to gain from telling the truth, Barton testified, and yet he chose to do so, and that is why he was facing an administrative hearing.
“I feel in my heart I came forward and did the right thing,” Barton said.
He agrees that he deserves some punishment, Barton told the council, but he has already been on leave without pay for a month and a half.
“I've mowed yards and everything else just to pay my bills,” Barton said.
None of the other officers who have faced lesser punishments admitted publicly to lying under oath, Rogers said. Barton seems to feel he is “the victim of a pattern of retaliation,” Rogers said, leading to his lies to investigators and his accusations against Turcotte, but the heart of the issue is that he lied under oath.
The Glasgow Police Department is facing a systemic problem, Simpson said, and terminating Barton would only hurt the city. Barton is a good officer and a war veteran, he said, and he chose to do the right thing by coming forward to the FBI before Eaton's trial.
“I realize the chief is not on trial here, but the chief is your problem,” Simpson said. “And it's a big problem.”
Among the audience of 40 to 50 people were at least a dozen current GPD officers of various ranks, a few former officers and at least a couple of dispatchers.