Roberta PD officer claims he was fired for complaint

A Roberta Police officer claims he was fired after filing a complaint against Mayor Becky Smith. Bobby Daniel field a complaint on Dec. 1. He said he filed the complaint for several reasons, including the traffic stop that is linked to this story after the mayor's daughter was pulled over.

The video shows a traffic stop by Crawford County deputy Dennis Ballard. Daniel was called in for backup. That traffic stop was one of the reasons Daniel filed his complaint against the mayor.

He said he was fired the next day for "losing a body camera and a flashlight" eight months earlier.

When he lost the equipment he said he was "never written up or reprimanded."

After several days, Daniel said he was rehired, but "never put back on duty."

Daniel said he was terminated a second time on Dec. 10. When he asked city officials why,, he said they replied, "We didn't have to have a reason."

Daniel said he was a part-time officer, but worked full-time. He said Roberta city has 5 full-time officers and 3 part-time officers.

We reached out the Mayor of Roberta Becky Smith, but she said "no comment."

We also reached out to Roberta Police Department Captain, Wes Giffis, who said he couldn't comment.

Daniel said he has hired a lawyer and can't comment further. We have reached out to his lawyer Charles Cox, but have yet to hear back.


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