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Charges Dismissed Against Raeford Police Chief

Posted December 12, 2007

— Charges were dismissed Tuesday against Raeford Police Chief Kevin Locklear after he agreed to complete court-ordered treatment.

Locklear was charged in November with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass after an alleged assault on his estranged wife.

Erlina Locklear told investigators that her estranged husband pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.

The Raeford City Council suspended Locklear as authorities investigated the case. He hadn't been reinstated as of Wednesday afternoon.

He has served as police chief since January 2004.


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  • skydiver Dec 13, 2007

    I have no problem with the plea deal, this is normal for a first time offender, but he should lose his LEO certification. On the other hand, we tell our officers to do nothing with illegal immigrants so why not give someone who beats their wife a city issued gun and baton. I’m sure after the court ordered “treatment” his anger management issue will disappear for good.

  • lizard Dec 13, 2007

    There was no conviction; hence, there should be no punishment as you describe.

  • skydiver Dec 12, 2007

    A citizen would not be allowed to own any firearms for a number of years and the police would have confiscated any he owned when he was charged. He should lose his LEO certification.

  • lizard Dec 12, 2007

    In self-defence.

  • daisy Dec 12, 2007

    lizard, tell me...when do you think its ok to hit your spouse

  • lizard Dec 12, 2007

    I can think of several good instances where violence should be used, daisy. Generalities such as what you made are just cliche.

  • catch22 Dec 12, 2007

    If the bruises does not fit then you must acquit! If the bad guys can get away with it, then the police should too. Fairness for all.

  • Lesley Dec 12, 2007

    Dismissing the charges???? I don't think so. If you committed the crime, you committed the crime.

  • daisy Dec 12, 2007

    There is no excuse for using physical violence against anyone, especially a family member. Since this is his first charge, I would agree his punishment should be something like court-ordered treatment but not to dismiss the charges. He should not be able to be the Police Chief or even a regular officer.

  • Centurian Dec 12, 2007

    The Courts decision to dismiss the charges and have him seek treatment for his problems is reasonable, since he apparently had no prior record. What is NOT REASONABLE, is that he should remain any longer as a police officer. He should resign now, or be immediately fired by the Town.