Warrant Out For Elected Officials Arrest In Rutherford County
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.- Property Assessor Bill Boner said he did nothing wrong when he tore down his opponents' sign. Rob Mitchell disagrees and now police have issued a warrant for Boner's arrest.
Nearly every election cycle there are reports of one candidate tearing down another's signs, but the police rarely have to get involved, this was not the case in Rutherford County.
Next to Bill Boners headquarters there are some not so subtle reminders on the side of a movie theater that he has some competition. Bill's team took the signs down last week, but on Monday it was back.
Boner said this all started with a letter from the city requesting that he take down his own political signs in this shopping center complex. His team took down his signs and several others.
"Three or four days ago, a boy that worked for me and said hey, somebody has done tagged another sign and put it up by your office, I says do what - and he said yup sure did - I said well get it down," said Boner.
Bill Brooks runs the movie theater next to campaign headquarters and gave candidate Rob Mitchell permission to post there.
"To my knowledge I believe whoever climbed up there and took down that sign was trespassing on property that I rent," said Brooks. "Whoever tore down that sign damaged or destroyed private property,"
That reasoning was behind a call to Murfreesboro Police who are now investigating.
Bill Boner said it takes more than just the permission of the store owner to post a political sign.
"Every one of my signs that I've got out there - the property owner has given me the right to put it there, but you don't go slap a sign on the side of a man's building," said Boner.
Opponent Rob Mitchell said even though Bill Boner claims he works for that shopping center his campaign finance disclosure statements tell a different story. He reportedly hasn't listed that income for two years. There is a now judicial summons against Bill Boner for destruction of property. This case most likely could end up in court.
In the meantime a federal agency has dismissed discrimination complaints filed by two former employees of Bill Boner. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tossed out the case because they don't have jurisdiction. The attorney for the employees said they can now file lawsuits in state or federal court.