2008.12.26 Don Thompson: Rumors

Written by David Green.

I am writing to let everyone know that I am still here. None of the rumors are true. I have not been arrested as many of you may have heard. I used some vacation time, as I do every year, to enjoy the recent deer season. This is to the people who want to sit and talk at the restaurants or other places around town about me supposedly being arrested.

I have given 20 years to the City of Morenci as a police officer and raised my family here. I do not know what I have done to make you say such things, but I feel sorry for you. Do you have nothing better to do than spread lies about someone with complete disregard as to how this affects their family? How would you feel if you were the person these rumors were about?

I have seen what lies can do firsthand. If you hear something, don’t just perpetuate the lie, question its validity.

This story all started when we did a search warrant on a subject in Morenci. From there, the rumors began. Is this an excuse to cover something up? To get the spotlight off them and their family name?

I feel I have served this community with honor and don’t deserve the rumors that are being spread.

If you have any questions and wish to speak to me face to face, I still work here. Stop me on the street and ask. Don’t talk behind my back like a coward.

– Don Thompson

Morenci

 

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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