The police chief of Marion, Kansas, has been suspended following a raid on the office of a local newspaper.
The Marion County Record reported that City Administrator Brogan Jones circulated an email to the city council notifying them of Mr. Cody's suspension.
The newspaper also reported that Mr. Mayfield was determined to wait on a decision on the suspension until the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) had concluded its investigation of the raids, which included the home of the city's vice mayor.
However, the KBI hasn't yet released the report to the public; it isn't clear if the mayor had been briefed on the status of the investigation before making his decision.
The mayor's office and the KBI didn't respond by press time to requests by The Epoch Times for clarification and comment.
The investigation "remains ongoing" and the case findings will be presented to the county attorney when it concludes, KBI spokesperson Melissa Underwood told the Marion County Record.
Mr. Cody also didn't respond by press time to a request for comment; he said following the August search via email that he believes that it was justified as there was suspicion of identity theft and illegal use of a computer.
'Get Out of My House'On Aug. 11, the Marion County Record newsroom, its publisher Eric Meyer's home, and Vice Mayor Ruth Herbel's home were searched by Marion police officers and sheriff's deputies, who seized personal cell phones and computers.
The raids were tied to a complaint from local restaurant owner Kari Newell, who accused the Marion County Record of illegally accessing and disseminating sensitive information about her driving record.
However, reporter Phyllis Zorn, Marion County Record editor and publisher Mr. Meyer, and the newspaper’s attorney have all insisted that no laws were broken when Ms. Zorn accessed a public state website for information on Ms. Newell.
Video recently emerged showing Mr. Meyer's mother, newspaper co-owner Joan Meyer, confronting police officers as they searched the home.
'Gestapo Tactics'In an interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Meyer expressed criticism of the law enforcement action that he believes was responsible for his mother's death.
Press freedom watchdogs and others have condemned the raid, which was unusual as news organizations are largely protected from government intrusion under the First Amendment's free press guarantees.