Chief, entire police department resign – city leaders call the move “unfortunate” but say they’ll “be just fine”


KIMBERLING CITY, MO- If you are a resident of Kimberling City, Missouri, you might want to consider arming yourself.

According to KOLR in Springfield, Missouri, the police chief and the remaining police officers in the community have all resigned from the department, citing the availability of new opportunities and current pay issues. In other words, the city of just over 2,300 people is without police protection.

Kimberling city, located about 259 miles from St. Louis issued a press release on Wednesday noting that on August 23, Chief Craig Alexander turned in his letter of resignation. In speaking with the mayor, Alexander said he was accepting another position in a different community in order to better himself and out of a desire for change.

Thereafter, on September 1, another officer…Shaun McCafferty submitted his resignation, noting that he had “been offered an opportunity to better myself and my employment status.”

One day later, Officer Rutger House submitted his resignation with no reason cited, however it is believed that he is moving out of state, according to the city’s press release.

Less than a week later, the department’s only sergeant, Aaron Hoeft announced his intention to resign. In his letter, he cited staffing shortages and pay issues as his reasons for leaving.

“Unfortunately, the inevitability of having no qualified officers at the current pay rate and no police clerk able to assist in the administration side of running this department, I feel it would be impossible to do the job at the best of my abilities.”

The next day, the final officer…Caleb McCarty turned in his resignation, with no reason given.

The city noted that it was “disappointing” that the resignations were submitted on such short notice, calling the decision of the officers to resign “unfortunate.”

In the meantime, the city announced they have mutual aid agreements with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the City of Branson West, both of whom have agreed to assist Kimberling City until they restore the department to full staffing.

The city said they have received permission from the mayor and the Board of Aldermen to conduct a search for a new police chief as well as supporting staff, promising to make those hires as soon as possible.

KY3 in Springfield reported that the Stone County sheriff said they would be answering calls in Kimberling City, with some limitations.

“Until then [the hiring of new staff] we will be answering all the calls in Kimberling City, we can’t enforce city ordinances, but any other calls we will be handling at this time,” Sheriff Doug Rader said.

He noted that in today’s anti-police climate, a number of police departments are currently short-staffed.

“It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished,” Rader said.

The outlet said that McCafferty would be joining Chief Alexander with the Branson West police department, which came as a surprise to the mayor.

“I didn’t know there were that many openings in Branson West because we didn’t see any advertisements for police,” Mayor Bob Fritz said.

Fritz said that the city would move forward, and address pay and benefits in order to hire and retain new officers.

“We’re looking for officers, we’re looking for a new police chief and I think we’ll be fine,” Fritz said.

Fritz said he wanted to assure residents of the city that they are going to have their concerns addressed and are working hard to fill the openings.

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Last year, we wrote about the Knightstown, Indiana police department, where the entire department and the chief of police all resigned. For more on that, we invite you to:


KNIGHTSTOWN, IN.- Just over a month after a majority of the police department resigned, Knightstown, Indiana’s chief of police has submitted his resignation, effective immediately.

Chris Newkirk announced his resignation Thursday, leaving the town of 2,100 people without someone to lead the department. The town is located 25 miles east of Indianapolis.

Newkirk said he was offered a sum of money from the town as “part of an agreement” for his “resignation and silence.” He offered no specifics what that was in reference to.

His letter, addressed to the Knightstown Town Council read:

“After meeting with Town Attorney Gregg Morelock today and being offered a one-time lump sum as part of an agreement for my resignation and silence, I have decided to resign m position as Knightstown Chief of Police.

This resignation is to be effective immediately. You can keep your money. My silence and or rights are not for sale and cannot be bought.

It has been a pleasure to serve the Knightstown Community as their Chief of Police.

Some Knightstown elected officials believe they can do as they please and simply throw some money at someone when they know that person has direct proof of their potential wrong doing (sic). Again, I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT BE BOUGHT!”

In June, a mass resignation of police officers took place, leaving the town with one full-time officer, two part-time officers and three reserves after disagreements with the town council, according to a local official. The total number of officers resigning numbered twelve.


“There have been 15 resignations in the last two to three weeks,” said Scott Spurgin, a Knightstown resident who is also a volunteer firefighter, and who noted that he had worked closely with local law enforcement agencies.

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The resignations were sparked after town officials selected an interim police chief who had less experience than the officer selected by Newkirk, who was on medical leave for a shoulder injury. Officers said that a power struggle ensued after Newkirk’s leave.

The town’s Facebook page posted an announcement about the resignations.

“Recently, there have been some changes within the Knightstown Police Department,” the statement said.

“We, as the Knightstown Town Council, wish to assure the citizens of Knightstown, Indiana that effective measures have been taken to ensure that there is a law enforcement presence for Knightstown, Indiana 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”


Among the officers who resigned included the department’s only K9 handler, Spurgin said. He was concerned that his resignation would impact the capabilities of investigators throughout the county.

Spurgin as well as other residents were concerned the ongoing conflicts would result in the loss of more officers, as well as longer 911 response times.

“If there’s not an available policeman here in Knightstown…dispatch will have to dispatch a Henry County sheriff’s [deputy] and that could take up to 10, 20 [or] 25 minutes to get here. By that time, who knows what’s going to happen,” he said.

Numerous residents expressed their concerns on the Facebook page announcement by the town, with one saying:

“The community deserves an explanation [as] to why our officers left!” one woman said. “These were good officers who have done a lot for this town and them leaving the way they did means there is more that the town council needs to explain to the community.”

PORTLAND, OR – The Portland Police Bureau’s Rapid Response Team, the unit responsible for policing protests in the city, voted unanimously to resign on Wednesday during a meeting with the police union.

This follows the criminal indictment of an officer for assault stemming from a riot in August 2020.

The Rapid Response Team, a group of police officers that volunteer for the post, is deployed to respond to riots, civil unrest, and demonstrations in Portland.

Response team Officer Corey Budworth was indicted this week for alleged excessive force used during a riot last year.

A second Rapid Response Team member, Det. Erik Kammerer is being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice over similar allegations.

On the night of August 18, 2020, Antifa militants threw a Molotov cocktail into the County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters as the Rapid Response Team struggled to contain the riot. Officer Budworth was using a baton to hold back rioters when he struck a female in the head.

Officer Budworth struck activist photographer and rioter Teri Jacobs with the baton in the head from behind, then again as she fell to the ground. Video of the incident spread through social media.

The officer stated the strike was accidental, and the use of force was cleared by an independent investigation as being within use-of-force policy compliance.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt disagreed and his office indicted Officer Budworth this week on one count of fourth-degree assault.


The Portland Police Union said the prosecution of Budworth was “politically-driven”:

“Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system.”

Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner told the Lars Larson Show, a local radio program, that he was concerned officers would resign because of the prosecution, which he called a “witch hunter.”

A source within the Portland Police Bureau told The Post Millennial that Officer Budworth’s indictment was a blatant attempt to “hold police accountable” despite the victim not coming forward on her own accord. The source said that an attorney observed the video online and approached Jacobs about pressing charges.

A Portland officer said that the resignations from the response unit leave the city unprepared, even as massive demonstrations are once again planned for the upcoming weekend:

“Now that the riot team is no more, we have no clue what’s going to happen. We don’t have enough patrol officers to be pulled from the road to handle huge crowds. We are only backups with no gear like the riot team has.”

District Attorney Schmidt has consistently refused to charge rioters in Portland while focusing on police actions. His office announced in August 2020 that his office will not prosecute many protesters who have been arrested during Portland “demonstrations.”

Schmidt said:

“As prosecutors, we acknowledge the depth of emotion that motivates these demonstrations and support those who are civically engaged through peaceful protesting.

“We will undermine public safety, not promote it, if we do not take action to bring about immediate change.”

Prosecutors will scrutinize the cases of protesters accused of resisting arrest or assaulting a public safety officer and consider “the chaos of a protesting environment, especially after tear gas or other less-lethal munitions have been deployed against community members en masse,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release.

By the end of May, Schmidt’s office had rejected almost three-quarters of the 1,057 protest-related arrests referred by police.

While not prosecuting protesters, the DA is reviewing incidents in search of other officers to indict. After announcing the indictment of Officer Budworth, Schmidt said that several other use-of-force incidents are under review:

“We have looked at multiple cases already and I think there are still several more that we’re continuing to look at.”

Schmidt asserted that Officer Budworth’s case was not unusual, implying that other officers may be charged:

“This is one case of multiple that we’re looking at and have looked at. So, it’s not necessarily an outlier that way.”

Schmidt commented on the findings of the Portland Police Association that Officer Budworth followed proper procedures and training:

“If that’s true, I think that is problematic. We can’t be training officers to do things that violate criminal law.”

Schmidt also admitted during an interview with OPB’s Think Out Loud that his prosecutors are actively reaching out to “victims” observed on videotapes of police responses to gather complaints against officers because he claims it is hard to determine harm or injury from watching a video:

“I can’t say specifically how many we’re looking at, but when people are interested in reporting and there’s evidence there, we review it and decide whether or not to go forward.”

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Grand jury indicts Portland officer on assault charge for “legally excessive” use of force. Huh?

June 16, 2021


 PORTLAND, OR- A grand jury has indicted a Portland police officer on an assault charge that prosecutors allege was an “excessive and unlawful use of force” during a protest over summer 2020.

According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, on Tuesday, June 15th, Portland Police Officer Corey Budworth was indicted on one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from the August 2020 incident.

At the time of the incident, Budworth was on the bureau’s Rapid Response Team, responsible for crowd control, and is accused of striking a woman in the head with a baton during the August 18, 2020 protest outside the Multnomah Building. 

According to reports, the indictment marks the first time a Portland police officer is facing prosecution for striking or firing at someone during a protest.

Court records show that the indictment accuses Budworth of “unlawfully, knowingly, and recklessly causing physical injury” to the woman, identified as Teri Jacobs. Jacobs alleges that Budworth “bashed her in the face” with his baton after he had already knocked her to the ground.

The police union is pushing back, characterizing the prosecution as politically driven and said that Budworth’s baton strike to the woman’s head was accidental and not criminal. The Portland Police Association said in a statement:

“We stand by our officer, truth, and justice.”

A steam of various videos from the night of the protest, that turned into an unlawful assembly, shows Budworth, who at the time was only identifiable by the No. 37 written on his helmet, hitting the back of the protester’s head with his baton. 

According to the video, the officer knocked the woman on the ground and struck her in the head with the baton again while she was on the ground. However, the Police Bureau found that the strike to the head was not intentional and therefore not considered lethal force.

Additionally, the Independent Police Review office reviewed the video and viewed the strike as a “push,” which was noted in compliance officer Dennis Rosenbaum’s report. Rosenbaum also stated that the video did not support either stance.

In Budworth’s case, prosecutors allege that he had no legal justification for his use of force. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt added in a statement:

“The deployment of force was legally excessive under the circumstances.”

Reportedly, after the incident, Jacobs filed a civil rights and battery suit against the city of Portland, “Officer 37,” and other unnamed officers in the U.S. District Court in Portland. According to court records, the city and Jacobs reached a settlement of the civil suit in spring 2021.

The city has agreed to pay her $50,000, plus $11,000 in attorney fees. On Monday, June 14th, Budworth testified before the grand jury. Jacobs and a police detective also testified earlier in the month.

Budworth has spent four of his six years on the force with the Police Bureau as a member of the specially trained Rapid Response Team, which does crowd control. In a statement, the Portland Police Association said:

“Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and politicized criminal justice system.”

On August 18th, 2020, police declared a riot outside the Multnomah Building after someone had launched a Molotov cocktail at the building, starting a fire. Budworth and other Rapid Response Team officers were told to clear the crowd away from the building and the fire.

According to the union, once moved, some in the crowd continued to march back to the building and again, the police crowd control team was told to disperse the crowd, which is when a “confrontation ensued.”

The union stated that Budworth used his baton to move Jacobs out of the area and that after Jacobs fell to the ground he made “one last baton push to try and keep her on the ground, which accidentally struck Ms. Jacobs in the head.” The union added:

“He faced a violent and chaotic, rapidly evolving situation, and he used the lowest level of baton force, a push; not a strike or a jab, to remove Ms. Jacobs from the area.”

On Tuesday afternoon, June 14th, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves a police commissioner, said in a statement:

“I take this matter very seriously. As Mayor, I hold Portland Police Bureau members to a very high standard of professional conduct. Our city experienced over 170 days of protests following the murder of George Floyd and I also want to acknowledge that our officers faced great risk and protected our city in extreme conditions.”

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