A reserve police officer in the city of Laurie is concerned about a shortage of officers after he says former chief Mark Black was forced out and former assistant chief Angela Nickerson was fired without cause.

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Reserve officer Larry Deves tells KRMS News he’s concerned he’ll be fired for speaking out about the recent changes.

Deves also remains concerned over possible contaminated evidence in the police evidence room.

It follows the release of video footage of city officials in Laurie, including Mayor Alan Kimberling, entering the police evidence room numerous times with no other officers present.

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Former officer Jeffrey Brownlee, who’s now working in law enforcement elsewhere in the Lake Area, quit the force after just a few months when Black and Nickerson were no longer with the police force in Laurie.

Hear the full interview with Officer Larry Deves and News Director Christian Blood from the Ozarks Today below:

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Here is a look at the video from the Laurie Police Department.

https://www.facebook.com/krmsnews/videos/776205199783752/