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    Followup to Grady County Sheriff who Shot Dog: Promotion

    http://reason.com/blog/show/132488.html
    The New Police Professionalism in Action Posted on March 26, 2009, 2:37pm | Radley Balko
    So remember the Oklahoma sheriff's deputy who killed a woman's dog after stopping to ask for directions?
    Here's the video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFlW...layer_embedded

    Not only wasn't Deputy Sean Knight fired after that incident, he was actually promoted.
    But it doesn't end there. It turns out that another Sheriff's Deupty named Michael Laffoon was moonlighting as a security manager at a local private golf club. Laffoon got Knight a job working security at the club. Knight was later shown to have falsified his timesheets at that position. Meaning he was essentially stealing money from the golf club. Laffoon fired Knight from the security gig, but took no disciplinary action against him as a sheriff's deputy.
    The kicker comes when the local newspaper asked the sheriff what he makes of all of this:
    Sheriff Art Kell said, “I have enough to worry about with this other deputy stealing from the department to start an investigation over another deputy who may have falsified timesheets… until they break the law, I’m not going to get involved. I’ve had enough bad media press to deal with to start this up.”

    Kell said that Winter Creek should have filed charges on Knight if they were concerned about stealing of company time, and added, “what my guys do on their own time is their own business, not mine, unless they break a policy or law.”
    When asked if falsifying timesheets and stealing are against the law, Kell said, “Law, I don’t know of any law that says you can’t falsify time sheets at a golf course, so no. And if you (Reporter Mike Friend) want to keep asking me questions on this issue you’ll just damage any good relationship I have with the paper. You can’t tell me you don’t ever speed while you’re driving down the road, or that you don’t break the law and sin… so why is this such a big deal if the deputy was not working on department time? If I start calling you and asking you questions about your crimes and sins we’ll see how much you like it.”
    The county is expected to settle with the owner of the dog in the video above for $15,000.
    So...shoot the dog, it's cool. Commit fraud, that's cool. But question the Sheriff about the unethical behavior of his employees, and you'll "damage the good relationship [he] has with the paper" and be threatened with police harassment for your diligence.

    Stay classy, Art.
    Last edited by Flyboy; March 27th, 2009 at 03:51 PM. Reason: Corrected Title
    Be cruel. Make someone think.

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    Don't know anything about the rest of the deputies troubles but the dog incident might be justified. Why wasn't the dog controlled by the owner? You can't know that a dog running at you isn't going to be a biter. Maybe it only wanted its ears scratched or maybe it sensed something was wrong with the deputy and it was protecting the owner. I can't tell from the video and I wasn't there so all I have is conjecture.

    All I know is my dogs are trained to stay in the car even with all the doors and windows open and me walking away unless i gave them the command to get out. They are also trained to not run and jump on people but to approach a stranger if he calls him over. Teaching your dog to not lick peoples faces and to stay isn't that hard a trick to teach and most dogs unless they are canine morons learn it quickly.
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    The other half of the story is the reason he was on the property: he stopped to ask directions. He had no legal authority to be there, and the dog did. When he saw the dog coming, he should have gotten back in his car and either asked for directions on the radio or driven to a gas station. Shooting the dog for running toward the invader, when he had no authority to be there, isn't an option, even if the dog is being aggressive (which it didn't look like).

    But, again, the story isn't just that incident, but the fact that the Sheriff appears to brook no challenge to his "authoritah," and is happy to use the power of his office to threaten anybody who has the temerity to call him out on it.

    First Amendment, anybody?
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    As I did a little research, I stumbled across this:

    http://www.chickashanews.com/local/l...086131410.html
    When he approached the vehicle the driver identified himself as Grady County Deputy Jason Hefley and the passenger indentified himself as Grady County Deputy Sean Knight.

    Hobbs said he did not know where they had been earlier that night, however, it has been confirmed that they attended the annual Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association annual training conference in Oklahoma City at the Biltmore Hotel completion of the sheriff’s academy.

    According to the program from the banquet, alcoholic beverages were served at the party.

    Hobbs said, “The passenger [Knight] did most of the talking and said that he admitted to drinking earlier that evening but said that Hefley had not been drinking.”

    ...

    Hefley has admitted he had been drinking and said, “I had a few to drink that night, I don’t remember how much but I was drinking water between drinks and we also stopped and ate at I-Hop before we were pulled over [emphasis mine]."

    Hefley said they also went to a dance hall after the banquet were he had maybe one or two more but that he was “not intoxicated to impair his driving ability.”
    It would seem that Mr. Knight has trouble with honesty in all fields of his life, and Mr. Kell doesn't seem to like being asked about him.
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    Thanks, Jim!
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