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Deputies at ECSO fear retaliation

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WAXAHACHIE – Sheriff deputy Brian Thompson’s failed bid for county commissioner vaulted him into another campaign, this time at work.

Thompson, who finished with 33 percent to Precinct 3 Commissioner Heath Sims in the March 4 GOP primary, jumped on the James Ledbetter for sheriff bandwagon.

Since that time, he said he’s been verbally chastised for his wife’s editorials in support of the Maypearl Republican, which have been published on blogs and in local newspapers.

In a one-sentence statement issued by the sheriff’s office, Capt. Danny Williams said he has not received a written complaint on Thompson’s allegations that his supervisor, Sgt. Phil Slaughter – a supporter of sheriff candidate Johnny Brown, threatened him over the opinions.

Williams said he would be looking into the matter.

A Ledbetter supporter also employed at the sheriff’s office, Richard Benavides, reportedly threatened a local newspaper reporter with litigation over questions about an anonymous political ad that purported to show law enforcement service records on the two April 8 run-off candidates.

Official oppression, the influence by a public official that infringes on an individual’s enjoyment of personal rights, carries punishments of up to $4,000 in fines and jail time.

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