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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:40 pm


Kanabec County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Joel Bos was arrested in Braham for allegedly driving while intoxicated on Dec. 11.

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  • Gerbert posted at 4:38 pm on Wed, Dec 12, 2012.

    Gerbert Posts: 11

    Well if he was passed out, how did they get a breathalyzer test? Doesnt say they gave him one, did he wake up and refuse to give one, did he fail one? what were the results? Maybe he was just sleeping, maybe he was in a diabetic coma. I dont know, the article doesnt tell me anything.

  • Luckyone posted at 4:49 pm on Wed, Dec 21, 2011.

    Luckyone Posts: 1

    Fortunately, Deputy Bos did not have an accident and injure himself or others. Having been down the alcoholic road myself, I can understand the poor judgement that would possess someone to do something drunk that he would never do sober. I suspect that Deputy Bos realized that he was drunker than he thought and pulled to the side of the road in an attempt to sober up enough to continue on. While this event will affect him forever, and his job may be in jeopardy, it may be a blessing in disguise. Hopefully, he realizes that he may be an alcoholic and should seek help. But in the end only he can make that decision. You can't make someone give up alcohol who doesn't think he has a problem.

  • cumquat posted at 2:10 pm on Tue, Dec 20, 2011.

    cumquat Posts: 8

    sobahm, Alcohol abuse is a worst problem than drugs. Unfrotunately it is legal. I don't know what or even if you go to church. I know that my pastor is held to a high standard and if he where in a bar drinking he would not be pastor for long. A lot of professions should not be in public inebriated.
    The paper wanted to make the readers know that he was not on duty at the time of the arrest when in fact he is always subject to being on call. Especially as a supervisor how can he respond or give direction when he is drunk.
    Maybe in your liberal world this is all wonderful, but I am not the only one that feels this way. I am a person of deep seeded convictions and that will never change. He choose this position and he has to take the responsibility that comes with it. It is that simple.

  • mora16 posted at 10:51 pm on Mon, Dec 19, 2011.

    mora16 Posts: 1

    Being a Cop/Deputy is not that they should be held to a "Higher Standard" because they are just you & I. They really should "party" at bars outside their home turf or at home. When they become a "Cop", it's not just a job. It's a "Lifestyle". One they chose as their career. Bad PR/Bad choices when they are in "home turf" bars stripping their shirt off or stumbling across the parking lot to their personal vehicle. Same as a local deputy dressing up for halloween at one of the local bars in a pretty "sexy" outfit. You are a role model to the community.

  • rbal1234 posted at 4:47 am on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

    rbal1234 Posts: 4

    My problem lies in a person whose job is to provide public safety needs to be focused and alert while performing their job. If an individual MAY have fallen through the cracks or under the radar until now. IF that's the case, and it's an ongoing problem, it may not be safe to have the individual on duty when feeling after effects from an episode of drinking. In this particular case we can only hope that Mr. Bos will be a stand up person and face up to what was a very bad choice. The fact is that he was a part of a safe and sober coalition to try and prevent these situations. I pray that due process will occur and that Mr. Bos understands the seriousness of his choices and accepts the consequences. And if help is needed to seek it also. And as was stated by another, he needs to be mindful and grateful that he did not harm anyone else on the road that night.

  • bsqd1977 posted at 8:24 am on Sat, Dec 17, 2011.

    bsqd1977 Posts: 54

    sobahmf, you are so missing the point! The problem does not lie within anyone wanting to have a few drinks or as you state "or a little more often even". Drink to your hearts desire, I don't care and it is none of my business how much or how often someone drinks. The problem comes about when this person then chooses to drive. If anyone should know their limits you would think it would be someone like Deputy Bos! He really does need to be held to a higher standard, not with the drinking, but with the drinking and then driving. He of all people should have known when it is time to call someone for a ride or always have a designated driver with you or your group. Would you be singing a different tune if he had not been arrested but instead drove head-on into one of your friends or family and killed or maimed them for life?

  • sobahmf posted at 6:18 am on Sat, Dec 17, 2011.

    sobahmf Posts: 4

    Cumquat, just so you know, I am not a member of the Sheriff's department or anything close, I don't even personally know the officer. I am just a firm believer in people needing to quit pointing fingers. Officers may like to have a few drinks every once in a while or a little more often even , but if they arent on the clock or in the squad car they are every bit entitled to it, as so are we. Are you going to sit here and cut down a minister that has a few drinks, or the cashier that checks you out at the grocery store, all because they are public figures? No! you aren't. There are a heck of a lot worse things going on in our community that people could help with rather than pointing fingers at someone who has done wrong. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

  • cumquat posted at 10:52 pm on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    cumquat Posts: 8

    I think the people that are defending him are members of the sheriff's department. Any officer should be held to a higher standard than the general public. He broke that trust. Here is a guy violating the same thing he is involve with. If he can not control his drinking then maybe he is in the wrong job. I have learned from those closer to this that this is an on going problem with more than one employee. The problem has never been addressed by the sheriff and if anything I was told that he covers for them. This is news because he betrayed the people he serves and people expect better. Whenone accepts that position this is just part of what comes with it, and people should be made aware.

  • humptydumpty posted at 6:56 pm on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    humptydumpty Posts: 1

    Get used to media bias. In South Minneapolis a black skinned male, approx 23 years old with a criminal record longer then your arm. Get's shot to death. Channel four covered the event days later, and yet reported: Live at the scene. The incident happened at 9PM and the Sun sets at 6:30PM. They focus on the mother, who is a career criminal also. And the Sisters, also both career criminals. Nothing about the elderly woman who was pistol whipped. No praise for the Good Samaritan who say this happening from a distance and ran to aid the woman. This career criminal turns to the Good Samaritan to shoot him. The Good Samaritan being a carry pistol permit holder, was a better shot. The Good Samaritan should get an award for being a hero. Now we don't have to waste more tax money to incarcerate a career criminal. Dead and let the family bury it.

    Joel Bos will get what is coming to him, whether it had been in the media or not. Just a bit wrong that the media acts like rabid animals and pounces on a Law Enforcement person. And yet will concentrate the focus point on their stories about the career criminals. Yet the media will also expect the Law Enforcement people, Fire Fighters etc to instantly be there for them. Things that make you go: hhmm. Just sayin.

  • snocat24 posted at 10:02 am on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    snocat24 Posts: 2

    I'm just glad Isanti County was involved or Schultz would have bought him a cup of coffee and gave him a ride home!

  • sobahmf posted at 12:03 am on Fri, Dec 16, 2011.

    sobahmf Posts: 4

    Great info FGFG. I totally agree, same treatment for all regardless of job status. I'm sure this guy has a lot of punishment put on himself to deal with let alone the comments from the media.

  • FGFG2002 posted at 11:29 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    FGFG2002 Posts: 4

    No doubt this was and should be covered in Kanabec but a Metro wide news story? Hardly. 1 in 8 people in Minnesota have DUI on their record and that includes, cops, firemen, politicians, doctors, nurses, teachers, judges, moms and dads. How many have you heard on the news? Our Governer is an open alcohol, do you suppose he drove drunk a few times? The thing that bothers me with this story is that so many people are calling for him to get a harsher punishment. That goes against everything that the American judicial system stands for. He will get punished, and should, but it should be consistent with the law and similar cases. It should be no different because of his job. Making it different because of his job would open a pandora's box for differential treatment. Do you want to be treated differently if you end up in court based on your job, your income, your race or your gender? I doubt it.

  • sobahmf posted at 7:31 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    sobahmf Posts: 4

    I am not saying what he did was right, my point is that a public figure no matter who it is, should have the right to a private life unless they offer the information. If it is a problem and he needs help, I sure hope he gets it also, we just don't know the details of his personal life except for the fact that he got a ticket for drunk driving. I have heard and seen so many comments towards him and most of them coming from people who have no right to point fingers! What happened to the nice little community of Mora that would reach out and make sure he isn't having difficulties in some way causing the drinking and offer a helping hand if he is?

  • bsqd1977 posted at 6:55 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    bsqd1977 Posts: 54

    sobahmf, are you for real? Getting your name and picture all over the media comes with the territory of being a public figure and like it or not he is a public figure. When a deputy does something that the media sees as good or heroic they are also then all over the media. "a rough couple of weeks"? I think everyone has had a bad couple of weeks a time or few in their life and most of us are not found passed out in our car on the side of the road. A very poor excuse for defending him! Most people I know with a DWI or two had a habit of driving while under the influence and the percentages finally caught up with them. The person who slipped up and drove drunk once in their life are not the ones who get caught. I would guess he has done this many, many times and never got caught. He probably needs some professional help and I hope this incident gives him that. If you are a friend of his I hope you feel the same.

  • sobahmf posted at 12:43 pm on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    sobahmf Posts: 4

    Well I hate to tell all of you this, but these officers do a great job. However, when they are not on duty they, like all of us are entitled to have a life. It is pretty cruddy how the media handled this situation. Any normal person in town isn't put on every news channel and the front page of the paper for this type of offense, and I have seen a lot of other stories that are a lot worse crimes that don't even make the paper. The department has dealt with a rough couple of weeks with tragedy from a fire and another officer losing a family member, now to be trashed over something like this. There are numerous DWI offenses posted in the court report week after week and those offenders don't have their pictures posted all over the local paper and on every news channel. Believe it or not this officer was not the first person to ever make this offense. I think all of you need to take a good look at all the wrongs you have done before pointing fingers at someone else.

  • cumquat posted at 1:24 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    cumquat Posts: 8

    Of course the reports of these guys drinking is true. One deputy called in sick with the excuse that he had a hang over. Check the budget compared to the police budget. It is more for less drunkin service. The city also has to buy squad cars in addition. Schultz will try to find a way to get around this like he has in the past. Isn't it time people vote for someone that is not an inbred.

  • belle posted at 5:13 pm on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    belle Posts: 3

    I really hope he is held to a higher standard.....I pray he gets the book thrown at him and his badge taken away for LIFE!!!! It's only fair.....it is sad that he decided to make the stupid decision and should be penalized just like the rest of us citizens would be. It's really pathetic that he was part of the tri-county safe & sobar coalition and obviously couldn't practice what he preached!! And to think that he was supposed to be a role model for our children??? MAN UP! TAKE RESPOBSIBLITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS!!! (Not so "tough" now is he......just sayin')

  • Vikings Lost Again Please Relocate to TX posted at 9:00 am on Tue, Dec 13, 2011.

    Vikings Lost Again Please Relocate to TX Posts: 150

    Good job Isanti County police and Braham, some of us knew the only way something like this was going to happen is from an outside enforcing agency, and not from the County itself.

    Looks like this County taking over City police thing isn't working and those "rumors" that were spoken in the past about this drinking enforcing issue amongst the force were 100% correct. Well, City Council and Mayor, what you got to say know? Oh, you got to raise the City Water/Sewer fees? Busted. Do the right thing and admit your wrongs and fix it and get the City Police back by next year, were not seeing any of this proposed/alleged "prosperity" the elimination of the City Force was suppose to bring.

  • cumquat posted at 4:52 pm on Mon, Dec 12, 2011.

    cumquat Posts: 8

    [beam] It's about time. Law enforcement should not be held to the standard of citizens. It should be higher, but not in Kanabec County


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