Deputy Suspended for Corking Nightstick 

Deputy Suspended for Corking Nightstick; Meant to use it only for meat tenderizing, he says

Meant to use it only for meat tenderizing, he says

Rogue Wilson County Sheriff Deputy Dub Reeder has been suspended after a nightstick he used to pound a suspect shattered, revealing that it had been filled with cork.

The incident occurred last Wednesday night following a high-speed chase with a robbery suspect. Reeder pulled the suspect, Tyson Parks, 23, of Lebanon, out of his car and was, in the words of one witness, “Banging on his noggin like Charlie Watts” when the stick shattered.

Bystanders picked up pieces and immediately noticed that the club’s core had been drilled out and filled with cork—an outlawed practice that, according to station house lore, allows for greater club velocity.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe immediately suspended Reeder for seven days. “We just can’t have the integrity of our arrests or interrogations compromised by the use of corked nightsticks,” Ashe said in a statement. “This could call into question every confession that Deputy Reeder has obtained.”

Ashe ordered that all other deputies have their nightsticks X-rayed to check for more cork, but the review came up with clean results. “I’m proud to say that when we hit a suspect it’s with a solid wood core,” he says.

Reeder maintains that he corked the nightstick in his home workshop “kind of as a joke” and that he used it only for meat tenderizing. “I just picked up the wrong stick on the way to work that night,” he says. “I would never use a corked stick in an actual suspect arrest.”

“I’d like to apologize to all those who I have let down or disappointed. I’m truly sorry and this will never happen again.”

With gauze around his head and recovering from his injuries at the Wilson County jail, the victimized suspect says his faith in the criminal justice system has been tested by the corking incident. “If you can’t trust the cop who’s beating on you to do it with a clean billy club, what can you believe in in this world?”

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

With gauze around his head and recovering from his injuries at the Wilson County jail, the victimized suspect says his faith in the criminal justice system has been tested by the corking incident. “If you can’t trust the cop who’s beating on you to do it with a clean billy club, what can you believe in in this world?”

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

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