Jonesboro police chief gets 30-day suspension

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Jonesboro's police chief is to serve a 30-day suspension and issue written apologies to The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter at the paper for derogatory comments he made on Facebook.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Friday that Chief Michael Yates would be suspended without pay and has to undergo additional training.

Perrin also instructed the city attorney to review the police department's policies on releasing public information and to correct any deficiencies. The mayor gave Yates a written warning that he'd be immediately fired if he again used social media to "imply threats, actions or consequences" tied to his authority as chief.

Sun Publisher David Mosesso called on Yates to quit after reporter Sunshine Crump resigned, citing harassment by Yates.

Perrin said he weighed Yates overall performance as chief.

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