Group of retired lawmen show support for Larry Smith
POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 4:01pm
TYLER — KETK got a media release earlier today that said to be at a local bank at said time for important information regarding the sheriff's race.
Not having a clue what to expect...we went...and...when we got there it was a conference table full of retired FBI, DPS, Game Wardens...even some local gunsmiths were there...here's what happened.
Fred Little, retired DPS told KETK there was about 300 years of law enforcement experience in the room.
We asked him if they were all there to support Larry Smith.
"We are in support of making sure the entire public has all the information about the candidates. Right now, we're concerned as to the way that's going and the way the campaign from the Green side has been distorting the truth. That's not an allegation, that's a fact," Little said.
But everyone present had good things to say...about Larry Smith.
Retired FBI agent Stephen Thompson is upset about an anti-Stan Clark flyer he got in the mail.
"He needs to control his supporters...they can't find any dirt on Larry, so they're bringing up stuff about one of Larry's supporters, Stan Clark who is a retired director for the Department of Public Safety...Mr. Green, honest men do not sneak around and put anonymous allegations in people's mailboxes," Thompson said.
We asked the Green campaign for a response...they told KETK:
"It is a fact that Larry Smith named Stan Clark as one of his 3 choices as chief deputy. And he had to retire because of sexual harrassment charges. Chris Green believes that you should have professional law abiding officers...the best that there is...serving Smith County," they said.
And retired Dallas Captain Game Warden Garry Collins has worked with Green.
He says he's not attacking his integrity...but believes Smith has more integrity.
"Like one time we had a DWI taskforce and Chris tried to leave early. You know, I'm not saying that he was cheating the state or anything like that but...we were supposed to be there...the Game Wardens were supposed to be there for a certain period of time," Collins said.
Green's camp said this:
"His accusation speaks for itself. If that's the complaint you have and there's nothing to back it up then that's not even worth commenting on," they said.
The group also provided media with documents stating that Larry was indeed part of the Newton Anderson capital murder case in which Frank and Bertha Cobb were murdered about 12 years ago.