LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Monday afternoon, Hockley County Sheriff David Kinney addressed the allegations that led to his suspension. Kinney told supporters on the courthouse lawn that he's done nothing wrong and will not resign.
Kinney says he was advised not to hold Monday's news conference, but he says he decided the citizens of Hockley County needed an explanation. Kinney started out by saying he's not guilty of anything. He told folks he had a lot to say, but was amazed at what he had to say.
Kinney told his side of the story about accusations of wrongful arrest and filing a false report. He also apologized for what he called "the evil that came out of his office." Kinney says he was shocked, hurt, and saddened when he learned of his suspension and couldn't believe he'd been so disgraced.
Kinney says he was never questioned in the civil suit brought by the Hockley County Attorney and says the allegations against him are false. "This restraining order is not based on facts. It is based on what attorney Dennis and investigator Davis wanted a judge and citizens to believe. It's filled with half truths and conjured up information that is not based on facts," Kinney said.
Hockley County Attorney Christopher Dennis says his investigation started July 11th. That's the day after federal authorities raided a Levelland home and arrested several suspects, including two Hockley County Sheriff's Deputies, accused of involvement in a methamphetamine ring.
We want to point out once again that Kinney is not criminally charged - this is a civil case. A hearing is scheduled for next Monday, August 24th to address the allegations.
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Hockley Co. Sheriff David Kinney suspended from duties
Kinney was notified of his suspension just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Hockley County Attorney Christopher Dennis tells NewsChannel 11 it's the culmination of an investigation that began shortly after federal investigators broke up an alleged drug ring back in July.