Arkansas Lawmaker Wants Police Chief Who Released Duggar Police Report Fired
Never mind that the information was released legally via the Freedom of Information Act.
Arkansas State Sen. Bart Hester is now calling for the firing of Springdale Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley for releasing the report to In Touch Weekly, noted KFSM.
Hester, a Republican, stated on May 23:
“The law to protect minors’ identities is not a suggestion. So sad to see the person charged with protecting the community being so reckless and irresponsible. I believe it is unavoidable that the Springdale police chief should be terminated. She has re-victimized these young ladies.”
Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse countered, “From every indication I have the chief and city attorney (Ernest Cate) reluctantly did what they had to do to comply with the state FOI law.”
Undeterred, Hester added, “The city of Springdale’s liability seems endless on this. I certainly anticipate criminal charges against Chief O’Kelley.”
Hester made no mention of criminal charges regarding Duggar, who is part of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” along with his parents and siblings.
Soon after the story broke, Washington County Juvenile Judge Stacey Zimmerman issued a court order that called for the police report to be destroyed, noted USA Today, but copies of the police report are all over the web.
Judge Zimmerman’s website shows she was appointed twice by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican and a Duggar family friend who defended the Duggars last week.
CHOCOL8MILK May 26th, 2015 at 12:28 am
Dwendt44 May 26th, 2015 at 12:44 am
Typical Republican theocrat.
robert May 26th, 2015 at 12:52 am
were you expecting anything more ?
granpa.usthai May 26th, 2015 at 12:59 am
people have a right to know when their children are near perverted child molesters – even if RepubliGOONS object.
Impeach the lawless and reckless political judge and throw her criminal ass in jail.
or better yet, throw this obvious political criminal conspiracy up each and every time a RepubliCON spouts off about ‘family moral values’.
CHOCOL8MILK May 26th, 2015 at 1:12 am
This further shows how much political Right Wing influence the Duggars have as they have been in the public eye for “christian values”. I think he was being groomed for a political position, and now…..RepuliCONs are trying their best to make sure things don’t stink. After all, his record and police investigation was destroyed. Things should work out for the best in five years as most people don’t have such long political memory brain cells.
Chico_Brisbane May 26th, 2015 at 2:09 am
allison1050 May 26th, 2015 at 4:43 am
The judge may have ordered the records destroyed but as the article stated it’s all over the internet and will be referred to for the rest of his life…thank you internet.
William May 26th, 2015 at 1:26 am
You got to hand it to the right wing.
They will impeach a President for having consensual sex with an adult, then defend to the last breath some moon faced, Bible thumping, sister fondling sicko.
ElsieEWoody May 26th, 2015 at 7:16 am
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mrbigstuff May 26th, 2015 at 6:20 am
Why are so called Republican Christians paling around with a sexual pervert?
whatthe46 May 26th, 2015 at 9:16 am
because most are.
William May 26th, 2015 at 9:29 am
It’s like a meme piñata
cwazycajun May 26th, 2015 at 2:55 pm
who else are they gonna pall around with I mean if these people Oh sorry hypocrites the ones spewin all the hate and bigotry against one group or another then there tru self come out it’s usualy about what they were screamin about in the first place..lie I said who else are they gonna hang out with
tracey marie May 26th, 2015 at 6:33 am
they, the theocratic nitwits, are working overtime to protect that pedophile.
Suzanne McFly May 26th, 2015 at 7:17 am
It does suck the girls have to deal with this whole situation again, however it isn’t like justice was served the first time. Josh will now have to deal with being publicly shamed for the rest of his life because we all now know. Those girls knew the police knew what happened as well as their parents and nothing happened to Josh, can you imagine how that felt to them? They were forced to be fondled by their brother and nothing happened to him. At that point, the girls learned the parents and society deems males more important. Now these women will know what their brother did is wrong and society does not accept it.
whatthe46 May 26th, 2015 at 9:16 am
i don’t know if it really sucks for these girls. these girls (not including the sisters) had to watch as the duggars became “reality stars” barf, and how so many pandered to him and the like. i would think that they are somewhat elated by the fact that everyone knows what a pervered nasty bastard he is. its his shame to bare, not there’s.
Dwendt44 May 26th, 2015 at 12:44 pm
The sheriff’s department was OBEYING a court order (FOIA) and releasing the report. There’s no grounds for dismissing the person who released that report. Not that right wing nut jobs care about such things.
StatEco June 2nd, 2015 at 10:09 pm
How Shameful. Misleading wrong statement. Juvenile records are NOT subjected to FOIA just as the case of Michael Brown.
DS May 26th, 2015 at 12:57 pm
Conversely I believe this POS who wants the truth of the matter to be suppressed to be fired – just sayin’ who would want to hide this heneous crime?
Elmer Gantry May 26th, 2015 at 1:19 pm
The 19 Kids & Touching Arkansas GOP Political Cover-Up Continues:
“Police report reveals that Jim Bob and Michelle knew that their Josh molested five females in their sleep, ‘touching their breasts and genitals’ in 2002-03”
“James Robert “Jim Bob” Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, and television personality on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He is a former state legislator who served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.”
“…From 1999 to 2002, Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representativesfor the sixth district, which included part of northern Washington County, Arkansas. Duggar was vice chair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and also participated in the Insurance and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee.
He also ran in the Republican Party of Arkansas primary election for the United States Senate in 2002, but lost to incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson by a vote of 71,576 to 20,546. Duggar sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in 2006, but lost to candidate Bill Pritchard by 200 votes. He is a licensedrealtor, and owns several commercial properties in his local area as an investor.
Elmer Gantry May 26th, 2015 at 1:20 pm
“Hester” — rhymes with…
Bunya May 26th, 2015 at 3:12 pm
Something tells me this Bart (the fart) Hester guy has something to hide. I’d love to see the skeletons in HIS closet!
AnthonyLook May 26th, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Thanks to the internet (and videos…..) the power of White privilege is diminishing and being thwarted.(Soon after the story broke, Washington County Juvenile Judge Stacey Zimmerman issued a court order that called for the police report to be destroyed, noted USA Today, but copies of the police report are all over the web.)
CandideThirtythree May 27th, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Republicans get elected and don’t know the first thing about the laws of the land *SMH*
John H Coursey June 2nd, 2015 at 9:55 pm
Looking at practically all the comments it is very obvious that posters DO NOT know nor understand juvenile procedures, Nor the need to protect the VICTIMS.
For those who do not know, nor understand, Juvenile records are exempt from FOIA. The only way that they can legally be opened is by a court order.
When this Sherriff and D.A. released this information, they broke several laws and are now liable to criminal charges. The D.A. will be lucky not to be disbarred.
When Michael Browns juvenile records were brought up, they were kept sealed and not allowed to be used.
Once again people are rushing to judge one person, and Shamelessly causing harm to the victims.
The Sherriff and D.A. clearly had an agenda to release these. Hopefully the law will prosecute them to the fullest extant of the law.
StatEco June 2nd, 2015 at 10:06 pm
Ya, party for the women. The blood-thirsty are out to protect the victims! What a joke. Hope the police commissioner and attorney will be sued to oblivion.