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N4T Investigators: Aggressive Arrests?

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SAFFORD – A Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputy is on leave after 2 arrests of the same homeowner.

Deputy Stephen Mingura responded to the home of Kevin Barnes on November 3rd. Barnes was arrested, but the county attorney declined to pursue charges.

Mingura was also one of the responding deputies on November 16. Barnes was injured during the arrest, and the county attorney is pursuing charges for criminal damage, aggravated assault of a minor and resisting resist.

Barnes suffered injuries in both arrests, which were caught on body-camera video. Mingura’s aggression was questioned, and he was placed on leave December 7.

Sheriff P.J. Allred asked the Department of Public Safety to investigate.

Allred emailed a statement that read, in part, “I take allegations of this nature seriously and this is why I have taken the action I have to this point.  Before making any additional statement I plan to review the completed investigation once it is submitted to me, allowing me to have all the available facts, in order to be fair to all parties involved.”

Barnes said he wanted to share his story, but his attorney advised him not to talk to media.

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