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October 24, 2014, 4:19 pm
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County Sheriff Primary Heats Up After Jailers Sued by Inmate

The Republican candidates for Sangamon County sheriff are taking off the gloves.


Former lieutenant Wes Barr is raising questions about the quality of training in the department after several jailers were sued for allegedly misusing Tasers against a jail inmate.


Barr says the lawsuit raises questions about how sheriff’s department brass… including his opponent, Undersheriff Jack Campbell, are educating employees on how and when to use Tasers.


Campbell, meanwhile, wants Barr to stop airing an ad that Campbell says is misleading. Barr’s ad says he will increase hiring of veterans in a department that, quote, “is desperately seeking qualified candidates.”


Campbell says the department isn’t hiring right now, but is being flooded with calls from jobseekers because of Barr’s ad.

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