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Executive Says Sheriff Arrests Offensive

Associated Press - September 23, 2013 10:12 am

The head of a state sheriffs group says the arrest of a southwest Kansas sheriff last week is offensive to other top law enforcement officials who are bound to a higher code of ethics because of their positions.

Hamilton County Sheriff Richard Garza was arrested last Sunday morning on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Scott County Attorney John Shirley – appointed special prosecutor in the case – told The Associated Press the incident was a “family matter” and there was no physical violence.

Kansas Sheriffs Association executive director Sandy Horton says such arrests are disappointing because it takes a long time to rebuild trust with the public.

Two other Kansas sheriffs also have been criminally charged in the past two years.


September 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

Now is the arrest offensive, or disappointing?

Larry Jackson

September 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

All of us should be held accountable for our actions,rather we are Law Enforcement or not.Ethics are taught at home first.

Red Neck

September 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Boys law enforcement feels they are above the law you see and hear about it all the time. How many cops and sheriff personel are getting arrested these days for a variety of things. This did not happen on a wide spread basis years ago.

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