- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An Arkansas police chief resigned Monday after he was suspended for calling a reporter a smelly, left-wing liberal.

Mike Yates, chief of police in Jonesboro, said he was stepping down three days after being suspended by the mayor for making the comments on Facebook, Reuters reported.

“I let my anger and pride override my wisdom and judgment by saying a number of things that are unacceptable given my position,” he said in a resignation letter to Mayor Harold Perrin.

Reporter Sunshine Crump resigned from the Jonesboro Sun last week after complaining she no longer felt safe due to Mr. Yates‘ comments. Sun publisher David Mosesso said Miss Crump will now rejoin the newspaper, only on a different beat other than law enforcement, Reuters reported.

Mr. Yates had posted comments suggesting Miss Crump had an arrest record and that she was suspended from practicing law. He described the reporter as “pro-dope smoking,” “smelly” and “left-wing liberal,” Reuters reported.

Miss Crump explained that she was arrested once as a college student at an anti-war protest, and that her attorney’s license fell inactive because she discontinued her law practice, Reuters reported.

Assistant Chief Tim Eads will be acting police chief, Mr. Perrin told The Baxter Bulletin.