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.