Thursday May 23, 2013
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KQSS has received a letter from a listener regarding our continued coverage of the situation in which Ray Van Buskirk was arrested for Domestic Violence. The author of the letter writes because Van Buskirk is no longer running for office, that our ongoing reports and keeping the story on our website is for entertainment and that it is viscous.
This is not the first time that Ray Van Buskirk has been horribly abusive to not only his wife but to members of the community.
KQSS has learned that the Gila County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Van Buskirk home regarding the domestic assault, but did nothing at the time. It wasn’t until later, after Mrs. Van Buskirk was taken to hospital that Van Buskirk was arrested. This despite the fact that one of the 911 calls says that Van Buskirk was hitting his daughter.
Ray Van Buskirk’s hostile behavior has harmed many families, including children, who also could not afford and ad, but we spoke on their behalf.
Van Buskirk’s family claims that our reports are false and continue to demand that we remove the 911 calls from our website that prove our claims are indeed based on fact. People deserve to know the whole truth, not just what the Gila County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know.
Our reason for continuing to cover this situation after Van Buskirk is no longer running for office, is because it is symbolic of the ongoing problem of members of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office covering up for each other and their family and friends. This is not the only situation where this is and has been a problem, as was evident in the recent call from former Gila County Sheriff’s Office Commander Claudia Dalmolin saying she was tired of covering up for the mismanagement and fibs within the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Dalmolin clearly thought twice about exposing the corruption, as she herself likely would be caught up in the repercussions of not only Sheriff’s Office Officials but her own misconduct.
KQSS will continue to report on corruption within the Gila County Sheriff’s Office until it stops which will likely require not voting candidate Adam Shepherd who has been directly related to that and other acts of misconduct that the Gila County Sheriff’s Office has become well known for. To learn more about this issue or to report your own issue call Susan K at 928-961-2700 or go to our website at gila1019.com.
Comment from Mother's Against Drunk Driving on Gila County Sheriff's Office Policy.......
After examining the provided materials in regards to the Gila County incident:
In regard to law enforcement officers responding to emergency situations where they are called back to duty, we find it difficult to agree with any provisions that would permit driving an emergency vehicle after drinking alcohol, regardless of the nature of the emergency. This behavior is prohibited by law for commercial vehicle operators and pilots, and applying it to emergency vehicle operators only makes good sense.
National Law Enforcement Initiatives Manager
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
511 E. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75062
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