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Sangamon County Sheriff Candidates Spar

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 01:21 PM CST
With just over a month until the Republican primaries, the two candidates for Sangamon County Sheriff are taking off the gloves.

Both Undersheriff Jack Campbell and Wes Barr are accusing each other of different things, but most of the issues center around Tasers.

If elected, Barr says he is vowing to review and-- if necessary-- tweak the department's Taser policy within the first 30 days of taking office. He says the policy obviously isn't working and taxpayers should be concerned that there's two lawsuits related to Taser usage pending against the department.

But Campbell says when it comes to Taser training, the department goes above what is required by Taser International, the company that produces the device. He says the policy has already been tried, tested and proven safe and effective in court.

"So I see no reason to repair something that's not broken. My opponent carried a Taser while he worked at the sheriff's office and never once then did he mention there was a problem with the Taser policy, he'd like to see us revisit something, so I'm unsure as to why he'd bring it up now," Campbell said.

"We don't know all the facts yet and I can tell you having worked in the jail, being a corrections officer for three years, they got a very tough job. So I'm not saying they did anything wrong, but at least on face value of this lawsuit we need to revisit that," Barr said.

Barr is also accusing Campbell of encouraging "horseplay" when it comes to using Tasers in the office. Campbell says he has only volunteered to be Tased for training exercises.

The jabs don't stop there. Campbell says Barr lacks administrative experience, while Barr says the department lacks good leadership.

You'll vote for one of these two Republicans during the primary next month.

Read Barr's statement on Taser use.
Read Campbell's statement on Taser use. Sangamon County Sheriff Candidates Spar


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