In Alabama, former Marshall County Sheriff J. Scott Walls has the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. An investigation by AL.com and ProPublica is putting him on blast for doing some of the most petty things you’ve ever heard of when he took a loss during reelection time.
Former Sheriff Walls is accused of drilling holes in computer equipment and phones, and wiring $80,000 from the general fund to his bank account. Oh, and that’s not all! He’s also said to have bought tens of thousands of rolls of tissue... and still, there’s more!
Walls also forced an inmate to break the garbage disposal using food intended for prisoners’ meals. And there’s a CULTURE of sheriffs behaving like this in Alabama. Former Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood spent $9,000 on rubber gloves when he lost his reelection bid.
Former Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin took $750,000 and built a beach home. Former Covington County Sheriff Meeks “used more than $6,200 of sheriff’s office funds to purchase coloring books, frisbees, pencils and other promotional items emblazoned with his name.”
This is the supposed LEADERSHIP tasked with law enforcement. These Alabama sheriffs show why it’s fair for Black people to be suspicious of police. If these sheriff’s successors can’t even trust them with taxpayer dollars, how can Black people trust them with OUR LIVES?