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October 22, 2014, 4:38 am
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GOP Sheriff Candidates Exchange (Verbal) Fire

A lawsuit accusing Sangamon County jailers of Tasering an inmate who was having an epileptic seizure shows a gap in how sheriff’s department employees are trained to use the devices… according to sheriff candidate Wes Barr. 


Barr says he’s concerned about whether deputies and jailers are adequately trained in how, and when, to use Tasers… and says the sheriff’s department only spent a fraction of its training budget last year.  Barr faces Undersheriff Jack Campbell in next month’s GOP primary.


The verbal shots are flying in both directions in the race for Sangamon County Sheriff.  Undersheriff Jack Campbell is calling on opponent Wes Barr to stop airing an ad that Campbell says is misleading. 


Barr’s new ad says he will boost opportunities for veterans to apply to the sheriff’s department, which the ad says is “desperately seeking qualified candidates.”  But Campbell says the department is not hiring right now, and says Barr’s ad is leading to a flood of calls that are tying up manpower.

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