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Family of Man Killed By Arkansas Officer Outraged He's Back in Uniform

Family of Man Killed By Arkansas Officer Outraged He's Back in Uniform

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - An Omaha family is outraged about a new police chief at a small town in Arkansas.  They say he has no business heading up a law enforcement department after he served prison time for shooting one of their loved ones.

"It's brought a great deal of pain to this family," said Stephen Postert.

It all started three years ago in Bella Vista, Arkansas when a high speed pursuit caught on camera ended in tragedy.  According to court records, the officer responding to that chase wound up serving about a month in jail for what happened after the chase ended.  A district court ruled he was responsible for the shooting death of 40-year-old James Ahern when he didn't have to use deadly force.  That lawman, Coleman Brackney, is now the police chief of Sulpher Springs near where the incident happened.  He was sworn in this past Monday.

"Is there any justice for a police officer killing somebody in the state of Arkansas?  In our case, no," said Postert, who is Ahern's brother-in-law.

The Postert's are now seeking answers and are calling on city leaders in Sulpher Springs to correct what they perceive as wrongdoing.

"What I would like to see is the mayor of Sulpher Springs terminate him as chief of police."

A plea Postert believes is necessary for the sake of his family and those living in the small, northwest Arkansas community.

"I feel sorry for the people in Sulpher Springs.  He's out of control."

Brackney and his former boss, however, see it differently.

"Ultimately, investigations were done before I was hired and the certifications are still there for me to be in this job," said Brackney.

"I believe in second chances," said Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer and Brackney's former boss.

It's a second chance, however, the Postert's object to.

"There's a lot of anger and frustration right now," said Postert.


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