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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

[MS] Cleared of cop-on-cop dv, Officer Smith wants his job back

...Willie Smith Jr., 25, of Sidon now feels like he should be allowed back on the force since he's been cleared. "I would really like my name back because I am a good guy"...

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[MS] Officer Smith arrested for dv assault (Mikitia arrested for...?) - "Deputies answered a call and saw visible signs of injuries, scratches, on both of them. She had a busted lip," [Leflore County Undersheriff Jimmy] Tindall said. ... Both Smith and Whitehead were arrested... Smith remains on active duty despite his arrest...

EX-OFFICER CLEARED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Greenwood Commonwealth, MS
By Charlie Smith
November 19, 2008
A judge dismissed domestic violence charges Tuesday against a former Greenwood police officer stemming from a September argument with his girlfriend. Willie Smith Jr., 25, of Sidon now feels like he should be allowed back on the force since he's been cleared. "I would really like my name back because I am a good guy," Smith said Tuesday. He and his girlfriend, Mikitia Whitehead, 34, were both arrested by Leflore County sheriff's deputies on Sept. 24 at their home at 1323 1/2 Virden Ave. According to the original sheriff's report, both Smith and Whitehead, who is an officer with Corrections Corporation of America, had visible scratches on them, and she had a busted lip. A witness told deputies that Smith threw something at Whitehead as she left to use a neighbor's telephone. Smith said Tuesday that there were no scratch marks and that no physical contact occurred between the two that night, only yelling and cursing. "Me and her just had a basic disagreement that got out of hand," he said. Deputies gave testimony in Leflore County Justice Court Tuesday before Judge Jim Campbell threw out the charges, according to Smith. He said he's lost a lot and learned a lot from the situation. He had been on the force five months and was in a standard one-year probationary period when he lost his job. Smith's now trying to reclaim it and planned on meeting with Greenwood Mayor Sheriel Perkins Tuesday. "That wasn't just a job for me. That was a career, and I want it back," he said. Assistant Chief Huntley Nevels said Tuesday that Chief Henry Purnell, who is out this week, would have to comment on Smith's situation. [LINK]
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