Washington County Cpl. Jarrod Hankins acted without "intentional misconduct" when he left Adriana Torres-Flores in the 9 1/2-by-10 1/2-foot cell, (for four days) Sheriff Tim Helder said.
"I realize some people may have expected Hankins to be terminated. However, my philosophy is if an employee makes a mistake while trying their best to perform their duties, I will try to salvage them," Helder said in a statement.
Torres-Flores, 38, appeared in court last Thursday on charges of selling pirated CDs. While others pleaded guilty she pleaded not guilty, but Circuit Judge William Storey ordered her held because she is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, deputies said.
Mexican consul Andres Chao visited Torres-Flores and county officials Tuesday and offered "the highest protest of the Mexican government" over her treatment. On Wednesday he described the sheriff's decision as "unacceptable."
Chao said the Little Rock consulate's legal adviser would visit Torres-Flores in her Springdale home Thursday. Torres-Flores, originally from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, has lived in the United States for at least 15 years.
The above article represents the grotesque picture of reality that comes from the the pursuit of Equality.
Incompetent individuals placed in positions of responsibility.
The lowering of standards to accommodate those individuals.
Illegal immigration and the wave of crime following it.
The acquiescence of our laws and customs to accommodate foreigners who have ill intentions towards us.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sometimes, the opposite is just as true...