It split the country in half as to whether it was an appropriate action or not.
For a lot of people who live or are from her city, she was looked up to as a HERO. They felt that what she did was right and that the sheriff "deserved" the punch. The city she's governing has been known to be ruled previously by her father in a rather strict manner. Admittedly, it has become a city known for discipline and progress.
Others think it's absolutely uncalled for. Some even think it was a "show" just to instill their authority all the more.
In one of the early Facebook threads about this issue, one acquaintance said the best way to settle this issue. ASK YOUR KIDS IF WHAT SHE DID WAS RIGHT.
Right from the start, I personally thought it was definitely inappropriate. It may have achieved whatever objective she had for doing it but from the point-of-view of someone trying to raise children in a good way, it's what I call "bad parenting by example".
Yes, this country needs some straightening up. At the same time, I believe that it is not necessary to succumb to such shocking and actually unlawful behavior and action.