Republican Wants Arkansas Police Chief Fired for Releasing Josh Duggar Police Report as Mandated by Law
An Arkansas state senator has called for the Springdale police chief to be fired and even face criminal penalties for releasing the police report from the Josh Duggar molestation investigation as was mandated by law.
The report, which redacted minors’ names but had enough details to identify the Duggar family, was obtained by In Touch Weekly, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
Though Springdale Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley was legally obligated to release the report, State Senator and Duggar family friend Bart Hester has called for O’Kelley’s termination.
“The law to protect minors’ identities is not a suggestion,” Hester told KSFM. “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 Dough Sprouse defended O’Kelley, saying, “From every indication I have, the chief and the city attorney reluctantly did what they had to do to comply with the state law.”
Hester took his demands a state further, saying, “The city of Springdale’s liability seems endless in this. I certainly anticipate criminal charges against Chief O’Kelley.”
O’Kelley was already planning to retire June 30.