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11-21-12


Man gets probation after
assaulting officer

Incident occurred at airport

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A driver of an armored truck entered a plea of guilty to the charge of assault of a law enforcement officer.

Delbert W. Campbell, 47, of Kansas City, admitted in court that he struck Robert Daniels, a Kansas City International Airport police officer, with his fist before trying to tackle him to the ground.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Hull suspended Campbell's sentencing Thursday after he entered a plea of guilty to the charge of a class C felony of assault and placed him on probation for a five year period. The judge also ordered the defendant to attend anger management programs selected by the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole.

The event that led to Campbell's arrest occurred on Monday, June 4, when Officer DeAnna Wheeler attempted to issue Campbell a ticket inside of Terminal B at the Kansas City International Airport, after she witnessed the motorist driving recklessly through the terminal and nearly colliding with her patrol vehicle when he made an illegal lane change.

Wheeler pulled the motorist over and approached the driver's side of the armored vehicle. Campbell allegedly verbally abused the officer by saying “f-you,” and refused to roll down the window.

The officer instructed the motorist to step out of the vehicle. Officers' reported that Campbell refused to exit the vehicle and was very belligerent, forcing officers to initiate contact with his employer.

While officers were on the phone with Campbell's employer, he eventually exited the armored truck. Wheeler and her partner said Campbell continued to use profanity directed at them and initially refused to hand over his driver's license.

Campbell told the officers they did not have jurisdiction and explained that he had to remain at the front of the truck so that his partner, for whom he was waiting, could see him.

While the officer issued Campbell a citation, he attempted to get back into the truck and ignored the officer's request to remain where he was located and responded “f-you,” which he repeated three times before he proceeded to enter the truck.

When Daniels took Campbell by the arm, Campbell punched him in the face with his fist and tried to tackle him to the ground.

Wheeler drew her weapon and ordered Campbell to stop and lay on the ground. Campbell did as he was instructed.

After Officer Daniels handcuffed Campbell, he told the officer “I bet you feel good about yourself, escalating something that didn't need to happen.”

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Campbell with a class C felony of assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree.

Judge Van Amburg set his bond at $25,000 cash-only. Campbell was later released from custody after posting 10 percent of the total bond amount.