City apologizes for arrest of Iola man



May 3, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Iola Mayor Bill Shirley formally apologized Wednesday to Bill Farmer for the actions of police officers when they arrested the 77-year-old Iolan the evening of April 14.

Farmer had been arrested for suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process after he called 911 on behalf of his neighbor, Tim Emmons, who had fallen off his roof, suffering extensive injuries.

In addition to the apology, which came in a letter and a private meeting, the city dropped the charges.

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