Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


May 14, 2013

Eyewitnesses speak in BCSO trial

GLASGOW — The U.S. government hopes to show the truth in a federal deprivation of rights case against Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, deputy Aaron Bennett and Barren-Edmonson Drug Task Force detective Eric Guffey through the eyes of a child.

Besides the law enforcement officers who participated in the Feb. 24, 2010, arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett, the eyewitnesses to an alleged assault against a handcuffed suspect were all children, between the ages of about 12 to 16. The teenagers were gathered in a Calvary Baptist Church building preparing for Wednesday evening praise band and fellowship when they heard the sound of sirens getting closer, followed by the sound of Stinnett’s van crashing into an adjacent building. Not knowing what was happening, the youth gathered around two second-story windows, peering through blinds to see directly into an altercation between a man and a small group of what appeared to be law enforcement officers.


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