Osawatomie residents feel let down that former police chief is facing criminal charges

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OSAWATOMIE, Kan. -- Accused of intimidating a witness and trying to interfere with police, the former police chief of a Kansas town is sitting behind bars. Robert Butters resigned as the police chief in Osawatomie less than a month ago. Now, he’s facing charges.

"Shame on you. Yea...you should've known better," an anonymous resident told FOX 4.

That’s the message people in Osawatomie are sending their former police chief, Robert Butters. News is spreading quickly through the town of his arrest. Butters was taken into custody Thursday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

He was charged with aggravated intimidation of a witness, attempted interference with a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Investigators aren’t releasing the details yet. People FOX 4 talked to in the town wanted to remain anonymous, but say they couldn’t believe the man that once protected them is behind bars himself.

"Little let down because you're supposed to be a pillar in the community, set a good example for everybody so I think there will be a lot of people shocked over it."

The former police chief is being held in Council Bluffs, Iowa on a $250,000 bond.

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