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Editorial Note: This article contains strong and disturbing language. The Beaver Countian made a decision against redacting quotes provided by our sources, as we feel they are an integral part of this story.

Uniform pants purportedly belonging to the late Aliquippa Police Chief William F. Alston Jr. are spread on the wall of a room used by the Sheriff’s Office, where deputies are regularly heard using racial slurs to chastise a man who once ran against George David for Sheriff.

William Alston died on April 2, 2008 at the age of 57. Alston joined the Aliquippa Police Department in 1980, serving as Chief from 1988 until his retirement in 2001. He ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for Beaver County Sheriff in 2007, losing to George David.

Alston, who stood 6 feet 7 inches and weighed more than 300 pounds, was remembered fondly at the time of his death, with then Aliquippa Mayor Anthony Battalini telling media outlets that “Bill’s heart was probably as big as he was.”

The Beaver County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing new cameras in the courthouse, along with new software and hardware to run them. As part of those upgrades, the current video monitoring station was temporarily moved across the hallway, to a room that has been used by the Sheriff’s Office for storage. It is in that room, that Alston’s pants have been hung for some time, according to sources within the Sheriff’s Office. The door to that storage room is now kept open at all times, making the pants readily visible in the hallway leading to the Sheriff’s Office or to the Public Defender’s Office.

Multiple sources within the Sheriff’s Office have independently confirmed to the Beaver Countian that deputies have regularly been heard referring to the uniform pants of the late Chief Alston as “the dead fat nigger pants.”

“They make fun of them all the time, they hung them up to make fun of him, it’s the only uniform hung up in the entire office” said one source within the Sheriff’s Office, who spoke on condition they not be named because they feared for their job. “Anyone going down the hall can see them spread out on the wall now, it’s a disgrace, the poor man is dead.”

In other parts of the courthouse, Chief Alston is memorialized with more reverence. The Victim/Witness Room located across from the District Attorney’s Office is named in his honor, with a plaque commemorating his service to the community.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Bill West
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Bill West

Damn Dude,
get a life. seriously. How is it living in your moms basement?

glzmijanac1
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glzmijanac1

You must work in the courthouse knowing about JP’s living conditions. Hey, maybe you’re a deputy. Why would you even bring that up. Don’t you have anything more intellegent to say. Wow.

OhBrother
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OhBrother

Asshole!

DMX
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DMX

I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW STUPID THE MAYOR CHIEF DAVIS AND THE REST OF THEM ASSHOLES LET GEORGE DAVID GET IN THERE HOUSE(PATROLING ALIQUIPPA YOU DAMN FOOLS WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU TOO ASSHOLES!!!!!

hopewell02
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hopewell02

Those pants look a ;LITTLE to short to be from a man that was 6 ft 7 in tall, Wht not just ask a deputy when you see one, they are all around, donut shops, circle k, A Plus, see what there reaction is ? Thats seems hard to believe .

buzzkill
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buzzkill

Who cares ? Its a pair of pants that somebody made a stupid story up about. No one knows if they really even belonged to Alston or if that story is even true. Held accountable for disrespecting Alston ? I didn’t realize that the guy was a Saint or that its against the law to hang a pair of pants up on the wall.

enlighteningone
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enlighteningone

You’re right! Let’s throw accountability out the window. We should just act like animals and point at someone else when we are found out or caught. Your opinion is the epitome of the problem with our nation’s general attitude.

buzzkill
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buzzkill

Hold them accountable for what ? Putting pants on the wall ? Do you realize how stupid that sounds ? What do want for them ? Jail time ? THEY HUNG PANTS UP ON A WALL ! :dizzy:

enlighteningone
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enlighteningone

What sounds stupid is your attempt to overlook the racism and immorality of the people who protect us. I don’t feel very comforted to know that the skin color of an individual will predict the quality of “protection and service” they receive. That, my friend, is pure stupid. Let’s put judgemental people in a position where lack of bias is necessary. Think beyond the pants. If they are using racial slurs and they’re wearing a badge, the problem has nothing to do with pants.

sickofit
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sickofit

The problem is they hung them on the wall like you would hang a deer head—as a ghoulish trophy. Not cool at all.

enlighteningone
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enlighteningone

Isn’t it difficult to protect and serve when you’re a racist piece of garbage? Has anyone else heard enough about the sheriff’s office lately? It is becoming apparent that the “adults” who run that joint are completely out of control. Then I hear that David is backing candidates? Who in the hell would vote for ANYONE that is backed by George David? This story isn’t shocking. It’s just one more example of how some guys who wear that badge have no business being officers. They are racist, sexist, homophobic, intolerant, and worst of all, they think they are above the law. Some are even overpaid, which is humorous because they were lucky to graduate high school let alone college, I’m sure. It’s sickening is what it is. Great example guys, great example.