Arkansas Police Chief Resigns After Calling Reporter Smelly, Left-wing Liberal

The police chief of Jonesboro, Arkansas has resigned after he posted comments on Facebook about a local reporter. The chief described the reporter as "pro-dope smoking," a "left-wing liberal" and "smelly."

Chief Michael Yates was suspended by the town's Mayor three days before he resigned. Yates said in his resignation letter, "I let my anger and pride override my wisdom and judgment by saying a number of things that are unacceptable given my position."

The reporter, Sunshine Crump, who resigned from the Jonesboro Sun last week after complaining she no longer felt safe, will rejoin the newspaper, its editor said.

Angered by stories written by Crump, Yates posted comments suggesting she had an arrest record and had been suspended from the practice of law.

Crump countered that her only arrest was for an anti-war protest while a college student, and that her attorney's license fell inactive because she discontinued her law practice.