GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma sheriff is praising one of his deputies for the way he handled a “difficult person” who they believe was attempting to embarrass the local sheriff’s office.
“I usually try not to give any attention to people like this,” Sheriff Larry Rhodes said in a Facebook post. “However, I am extremely proud of the way Deputy Scott Cottrell handled the situation being shown on You Tube and feel the need to share what we encounter each day. The good citizens of Garvin County should be proud of Deputy Cottrell as I am.”
In the Facebook post, Sheriff Rhodes said an unidentified person confronted two volunteers in their jail ministry outside of the Garvin County Court House early Sunday.
After the confrontation, the two volunteers, who reportedly have a long history of ministering to the inmates, contacted the on-duty deputy, Scott Cotttell, to report what they thought was suspicious activity.
When Deputy Cottrell contacted the unidentified person, the sheriff said the deputy determined the person was trying to shed “a bad light on my office.”
The unidentified person recorded both interactions, the one with the volunteers as well as the one with the deputy, and uploaded them to YouTube.
Sheriff Rhodes said the video shows how well the deputy handled the tense situation.
“Thank you Deputy Cottrell for your professional response to a difficult person who was trying to bait you with the intention of embarrassing the many fine men and women who carry a badge each day across in our county,” Sheriff Rhodes posted.
The person recording the videos has uploaded multiple videos of similar interactions with law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma to his YouTube page.
In the videos, the man identifies himself as an “independent journalist” who is “working on a story.” However, the man never describes the story he is working on.