Sheriff Jim Arnott

Sen. Mike Parson
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State Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) says he’ll introduce legislation this year making an assault or attempted murder of a law officer a hate crime.

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Springfield Thursday, Parson said recent events across the nation are leading us down a “path of destruction” if we don’t rally behind law enforcement.

“If you’re gonna target somebody simply because they’re wearing a uniform, there’s no other reason but because you hate that person. And that needs to be part of the hate crimes of the state of Missouri,” said Parson.

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Springfield’s NAACP president says we cannot return violence for violence. Cheryl Clay was using a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.  in reference to the killings of five Dallas police officers and wounding of many others Thursday night.

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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says injuries sustained by a police officer following a recent assault could have been prevented were it not for the gridlock over housing municipal prisoners in the county jail.

Jim Arnott
Greene County Sheriff's Office

The Greene County Sheriff’s office is seeking community feedback in a question-and-answer session this evening in Springfield.

The first Community Advisory Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Dan Kinney Family Center at 2701 S. Blackman Road.

According to its office, Sheriff Jim Arnott will be discussing some recent crime trends, crime prevention methods and proactive efforts of the Greene County Sheriff's Office with citizens. Officials say feedback is encouraged.

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In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky takes a look at what's causing the overcrowding problem at the Greene County Jail and what's being done to address the problem.