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Missouri police chief charged with aggravated assault

While making a statement about the ongoing legal troubles of their local police chief, the mayor of Mosby, Missouri, summarized what every attorney works so hard to illustrate to the courts on behalf of his or her client, "that there's two sides to every story."

The Mosby police chief was arrested in November 2011 for aggravated assault. However, prosecutors did not file charges against the police chief until April 24, 2012. The town's mayor believes that the delay in charges is due to the fact that the situation isn't as clear cut as many may think it should be.

According to news reports, the police chief spotted a man driving erratically and thought the driver was intoxicated. The police chief allegedly followed the man to a gas station. When both vehicles were stopped, the police chief drew his gun and pulled the man out of his car.

Despite the serious charges against him, the police chief is still on duty in Mosby, Missouri, a small town of about 200 residents. The Mosby mayor says he is 100 percent behind the police chief, who has worked for the city for nine months.

The police chief was booked for the assault charge May 2, 2012. He had his initial court appearance shortly thereafter.

However, this is not the first time this police chief has found himself on the wrong side of the law. While serving as the police chief for nearby Holt, Missouri, he was arrested and charged with domestic assault. He pleaded guilty to peace disturbance, a lesser charge, in 2003.

Holt city officials asked the man to resign as police chief about a year after he pleaded guilty.

It may seem easier for readers to believe media reports that negatively portray an individual arrested for a violent crime, but the simple fact is that not all stories point to a definitively guilty or innocent verdict. This is particularly true when law enforcement personnel are forced to use physical force to keep our cities safe and free from danger. A lot is at stake for this police chief in these criminal proceedings. If he is convicted of aggravated assault, he may lose another job and his reputation will be further damaged.

Source: KCTV 5 News, "Mosby police chief charged in KCK assault," Chris Oberholtz and Betsy Webster, May 9, 2012

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