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Officers mishandled fatal accident investigation, police say

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A Murfreesboro police officer has been suspended without pay and another reprimanded for mishandling a deadly crash investigation.

On Friday, the Murfreesboro Police Department suspended Sgt. Sam Campbell for 10 days.  He will also be on probation for the next six months.

Police said Campbell did not collect alcohol bottles from the scene of the crash that claimed the life of 11-year-old Lakeisha White.

The police department reprimanded Officer Sean Murphy.

White was killed in July when she darted in front of a car driven by Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Killings.

Several witnesses claim they saw Sgt. Killings toss empty bottles of alcohol out of his unmarked patrol car following the crash.

Rose Collier, a friend of White's family, told News 2 she doesn't think the punishments are harsh enough.

"The officer deserves more than just a slap on the wrist," she said, adding Lakeisha's loss is still hard to deal with.  "It leaves us in tears and each time I go by the area, my heart... It's like a stabbing in my heart."

Prosecutors are still reviewing the crash investigation.

White's family has since filed a $7.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against Sgt. Killings, the Sheriff's Department, and the county.

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