Controversies for former chief

Former Galena police Chief Cameron Arthur faced many controversies during his three years heading the Police Department. They include:

In October 2003, Galena resident Jo An Whittington filed a formal complaint with then-City Manager Jamie Bell alleging that Arthur on Oct. 9, 2003, entered her home without a search warrant or her consent, and held her for several hours while a search warrant was obtained. The search ended without any arrest or charges. Whittington later was charged with drug crimes unrelated to the search.

In April 2003, Galena resident Alberto Reyes' arm was broken during his arrest by police. His brother alleged that police used excessive force. Arthur said the use of force was justified because Reyes was resisting arrest on suspicion of drug possession.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation determined that the police use of force was justified under the circumstances.

On April 16, 2003, a police search of the home of Russell and Jamie Holman without a search warrant became a part of the reason that a residents' group sought Arthur's ouster via petition. The Holmans said they did not give police consent for the search. Arthur said Russell Holman consented to the search.

In July 2001, the Joplin branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department on behalf of Phillip Walker. Walker claimed that while he was in the Galena City Jail, Arthur and another officer had been abusive to him. The FBI investigated, and the Justice Department found no basis for action based on the investigation.

Resident Sereana Gilmore in August 2000 alleged that Arthur punched her in the kidney when responding to a domestic dispute at her home. She was charged in city court with battery. A KBI investigation of her complaint resulted in no action, nor did the agency's investigation of a threatening letter received by Gilmore in October 2000 on city letterhead and bearing the police chief's name.

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