Eastern Iowa Sheriff Refuses To Honor Arrests Made In One Town
Law enforcement agencies in Cedar County aren't seeing eye-to-eye.
According to KCRG-TV9, the tension comes after Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington declared last month that his jail will not book suspects arrested by the Durant Police Department. Wethington's issue with the department is that he doesn't trust the officers.
The report states that Sheriff Wethington says that one of the three officers in Durant has an alleged history of "being untruthful and using questionable force", and that the police chief hired the officer regardless. Because of this, Wethington feels that he "cannot vouch for the integrity of the arrests".
Some county residents are praising the sheriff's decision, but others aren't too happy. One of those in opposition is Board of Supervisors chairwoman Dawn Smith. Smith's husband, Robert Smith, is an officer involved in the alleged misconduct allegations.
Since the feud, arrests made by Durant police are booked in a neighboring county. Luckily, there shouldn't be too many arrests as Durant is a small town of about 1,833 people (as of 2017), according to the United States Census Bureau. More good news is that at least the neighboring counties aren't far. Take a look at the map and you'll see that Durant falls in three counties: Cedar, Muscatine, and Scott.
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