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Allegations of police corruption heating up in Mid-South town

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JERICHO, Ark. (WMC-TV) - Allegations of police corruption have been heating up in the tiny town of Jericho, Arkansas.

Numerous complaints have surfaced since a police officer there shot the town's fire chief in the middle of a courtroom after they argued over speed traps.

The officer's name has not been released, and he has been neither charged nor cleared in the incident.

Jericho Police Chief Willie Frazier was nowhere to be found folowing in the days following the shooting. Action News 5 finally caught up with him at the town hall on Saturday, when he exited the building holding a bundle of files in his hand.

Frazier refused to discuss the shooting or the corruption allegations, telling a reporter to talk to his attorney, whose name Frazier never provided.

The allegations include issuing illegal traffic tickets.

Local resident Joe Douglas who said he almost joined the Jericho police force told Action News 5 that he decided against it after speaking with an officer.

"They would get paid when they wrote tickets, from the tickets. But only if they wrote tickets," he said. 
    
A spokesperson with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department said it's illegal for officers to work under any quota system.
    
Douglas briefly worked for Frazier's private security company, but he says he quit because he didn't receive his paycheck on time. 
    
He says Frazier drove his squad car to his company's security jobs. "Driving a city squad car all over Memphis for his own security work...I kind of found that a little dishonest. Not getting paid was a little disheartening."
    
Ray Hardiman manages the property in Atoka, Tennessee, where Frazier lived up until last weekend. Hardiman says Frazier fell three months behind on the rent for the sprawling 3200 square foot home.

"He told me he had health issues and couldn't afford to pay the rent. So, he moved," he said.

Hardiman also says the Jericho police chief always drove his squad car to his Atoka home, over an hour away.

"His police car was here every night," he said. 
     
The Crittenden County prosecutor is reviewing the shooting case and the allegations of speed traps.


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