KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marion, Kansas Police Chief Gideon Cody, under fire for raids on the Marion County Record newspaper, was suspended by the city's mayor on Thursday, according to the newspaper.
The newspaper reported Friday on its website that City Administrator Brogan Jones circulated an email to the city council informing them of Cody's suspension.
The police department conducted a raid Aug. 11 at the Marion County Record newspaper that has drawn criticism from freedom of the press advocates and legal experts across the country.
On Thursday, KSHB 41 I-Team's Jessica McMaster reported a key witness in the case said she was directed by Cody to delete text messages.
Restaurant owner Kari Newell told McMaster earlier this month Chief Cody told her in a text message she was the victim of crime.
Newell is a local restaurant owner whose driving record Cody used as a premise to raid Marion County Record and two homes.
The day of Newell’s interview, Newell said she no longer had the text messages between her and Cody.
The I-Team asked Newell for the text messages between her and Cody, but according to Newell, she deleted the text messages at the chief's behest.
“I did make mention that I didn’t know the necessity of that because there was nothing inappropriate in the text messages,” Newell said in an interview this week.
Newell said the chief’s request came after the raids as rumors began to circulate about Newell and Cody’s relationship, which Newell insists is platonic, according to McMaster's story, which ran on KSHB 41 and kshb.com on Thursday.
According to Newell, the chief didn't want people to draw conclusions about their relationship based off the texts.
“I kind of agreed and so I did delete those messages against my better judgment and immediately regretted it,” Newell said in Thursday's story.