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JERICHO, Ark. (Sept. 4) - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.
The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.
Payne ended up in the hospital, but his shooting last week brought to a boil simmering tensions between residents of this tiny former cotton city and their police force. Drivers quickly learn to slow to a crawl along the gravel roads and the two-lane highway that run through Jericho, but they say sometimes that isn't enough to fend off the city ticketing machine.
"You can't even get them to answer a call because normally they're writing tickets," said Thomas Martin, chief investigator for the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department. "They're not providing a service to the citizens."
Now the police chief has disbanded his force "until things calm down," a judge has voided all outstanding police-issued citations and sheriff's deputies are asking where all the money from the tickets went. With 174 residents, the city can keep seven police officers on its rolls but missed payments on police and fire department vehicles and saw its last business close its doors a few weeks ago.
Fire Chief Shot by Cops in Court
Originally posted by Guru97
Um WoW,. Talk about Bizarre. Here's is another fine example of how truly some police officers feel they can get away with anything. So basically what i got of reading the story is fire chief shows up to Court to dispute ticket, words exchange, then a scuffle then on to the fire chief being shot; all while in court. Talk about needing a extended psych. eval. for police officers...geesh
[edit on 5-9-2009 by Guru97]