The small town of Marion, Kansas was thrust into the national spotlight this week after the police chief of the town, Gideon Cody, was suspended following a highly criticized raid of a local newspaper. In response to the raid, Marion Mayor David Mayfield suspended Cody on Thursday, and Cody resigned Monday. The raid had a tragic consequence, as the Record co-owner Joan Meyer, 98, died of stress caused by the incident the day after the raid. The raid of the Marion County Record has sparked a national debate about the press protections offered by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Police Chief Suspended Following Criticized Raid of Local Newspaper, Sparking National Debate on Press Protections