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Residents concerned about Sorrento Police

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SORRENTO- Just days after a law suit filed made allegations that Chief of Police Earl Theriot sexually assaulted a woman in his custody, some residents of Sorrento are raising concerns.

Witnesses corroborated the first portion of the lawsuit today when they told News 2 they called police for help with the drunk woman. They said they offered to take the woman home, but Chief Theriot insisted on taking her himself and then drove away with the woman in the front seat of his car, according to witnesses.

News 2 looked into other cases filed against the Sorrento Police Department and found one instance where a judge admonished the department for its tactics.

"It's as if the city limits of Sorrento has turned into -- this may be -- people may think I'm exaggerating here, but this is like Gestapo Germany or KGB secret police in Russia," said Judge Marilyn Lambert, who was hearing a case on excessive use of force in 2012.

"They're bullies," said one woman, who was too scared to use her name. "It makes me feel really, really uneasy, because you are supposed to trust these people to protect and serve and what do you do when you need protection, who do you go to, who do you call?"

The Sorrento Town Council is expected to meet tomorrow evening for its regularly scheduled meeting, when they're expected to discuss a possible liability insurance quote. The department lost its insurance at the end of 2013, forcing many of their officers off the streets.


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