Ex-Officer Accused Of Taking Arizona Sheriff Poster

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A former southeast Kansas police officer is accused of stealing a framed poster of a controversial Arizona sheriff while executing a search warrant for narcotics.

A criminal information filed Monday in federal court charges 42-year-old Spencer Coate with a misdemeanor count of depriving a citizen of his constitutional rights.

The document says Coate was taking part in a search for drugs at a Galena building in June 2009 when he took the poster of Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County. Arpaio is known nationwide for his tough talk and hardline stance on illegal immigration.

Coate is also accused of stealing a framed print of a duck.

His attorney, Robin Fowler, says he will make the ``appropriate comment'' in court.

Galena Police Chief Larry Delmont says Coate was fired in May 2010.


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