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Sheriff: Critics are ill-informed ‘whiners’

BOISE - A Kootenai County human rights group sent a letter to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday saying criminals are going free in Benewah County because the sheriff there refuses to sign a cooperative agreement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police.

Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts vigorously disputes the letter, calling the assertions “ill-informed” and from “whiners.”

Read the rest of Betsy Z. Russell's story here.

The Spokesman-Review explored racial tensions in Benewah County in this September 2008 story: Tensions linger.

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