An Arkansas police officer and and two firefighters have had action taken against them for dressing as clowns amid recent sightings that have prompted agencies to issue warnings.
ArkansasOnline reports a White Hall school resource officer is facing undisclosed disciplinary action after a photo made it onto the internet following unconnected clown sightings near the city that have caused concern.
Mickey Buffkin, an investigator with White Hall police, said officer Dustin Summers made a “bad judgement call” when he posed for the photo Sept. 20.
The photo “was just something him and his friends were doing at home,” Buffkin said. After the photo was posted on social media, the police department opened an internal affairs investigation. Buffkin said he couldn’t provide details of disciplinary action Summers is facing during the ongoing investigation.
Two firefighters who were disciplined for taking part in a clown scare in Clara, Mississippi community last week will be prohibited from volunteering at the fire department, said Fire Chief Rufus Landrum.
WLOX reports last Tuesday numerous phone calls were received by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department about a clown sighting. It was determined that a volunteer firefighter was the person in the clown costume, while another firefighter took the photos.
Alleged scary clown threats have popped up in St. Joseph, Missouri and near St. Louis metro area in recent days. Many incidents have not been verified or discredited however.