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City Confirms Police Chief's Role in Smithton Student Arrest

Meiying Wu / KBIA

Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones approved the arrest of a student at Smithton Middle School in January when he was the supervisor of School Resource Officer Tony Ash.

The Missourian reported last week that a police internal investigation found Ash, the school resource officer for all public middle schools, didn’t thoroughly investigate a fight that left a student injured and that he wrongfully arrested a black student at Smithton.

The internal investigation stemmed from a complaint the wrongfully arrested student's mother filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. She claimed that her daughter was racially profiled.

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