Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Sheriff Bill Brown has found it necessary to terminate the two custody deputies charged with excessive force before their day in court has occurred. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? This has caused undo hardship to two men, and their families, who have given over 20 years of combined service to the Sheriff’s department and their community. And for what? For doing their job. The charges are based on a complaint filed by a convicted murderer and rapist to the NAACP. The custody deputies acted exactly how they were trained when dealing with a very violent and assaultive inmate. In addition, the inmate sustained no injury as a result of the altercation.

What kind of a leader punishes his employees to the extent of termination before their day in court? The 400+ deputies in this county need a sheriff who is going to support them in the very dangerous and difficult job they do on a daily basis. Sheriff Brown has shown absolutely no support or concern for the well-being of these two fine men, one of whom is my son, who were doing nothing more than trying to go home safely at the end of their 12 hour shift. The future careers and livelihood of these good men and their families have been jeopardized, potentially forever, as a result of these charges.

Shame on you, Bill Brown.

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