Arkansas Law Enforcement

Medical Marijuana
Arkansans for Compassionate Care

The wording for three  ballot initiatives concerning marijuana have been approved by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Two would allow medicinal use of the drug while the third would legalize all forms of the cannabis plant. Now backers of the proposals are gathering signatures.

Four years ago voters narrowly defeated a similar proposal. “The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act” was rejected by about 30,000 votes, 51-to-49 percent.

Kenton Buckner LRPD Little Rock POlice CHief
Michael Hibblen

Little Rock's Police Chief is reaching his second anniversary on the job.

With crime rates at their lowest in decades and use of force incidents dropping in the city, Kenton Buckner explains his views on policing, race, use of force, and his goals for Little Rock.

The city of Rogers and three police officers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a woman by police.

Fallon Frederick was shot to death Aug. 1, 2011, at a convenience store after officers responded to her 911 call for help.

The lawsuit by her brother - Darrell Frederick - says Frederick was a paranoid schizophrenic who thought she was being pursued and was cowering in the corner of the store when she was shot with a stun gun by Cpl. Nick Torkelson, then shot by Officer Vince Motsinger as she tried to run away.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a challenge to the state’s lethal injection secrecy law.

Governor's Radio Column: Law Enforcement Heroes

May 14, 2016
Asa Hutchinson law enforcement
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of May 13, 2016:

Last month in Hot Springs Village, Angela Andrews sent invitations to a birthday party for her son, Toxey. The Mom invited twenty-one of Toxey’s friends to celebrate over a bonfire, hot dogs, cake and ice cream. This was a big day. Toxey was turning ten years old.

Arkansas State Police Trooper First Class Brandon Bennett has been named the state's Trooper of the Year for 2015 and was presented with the Medal of Valor.

Bennett received the award Thursday from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state police Col. Bill Bryant during a ceremony in Little Rock.

Bennett was chosen for his role in the pursuit and eventual arrest of two fugitives from Missouri who had shot a store clerk during a robbery. The two suspects were arrested after shooting at Bennett and a Mississippi County deputy, then crashing their vehicle in Blytheville.

Eugene Ellison
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Little Rock has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of 67-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2010 after two off-duty police officers entered his apartment without a warrant.

City Attorney Tom Carpenter told The Associated Press the city settled the lawsuit Friday. Trial was set to begin Monday.

Eugene Ellison died Dec. 9, 2010. His family filed a lawsuit alleging that officers Donna Lesher and Tabitha McCrillis, who are both white, unlawfully entered his home, and that Lesher improperly used deadly force.

The Benton County Quorum Court has sworn in a new sheriff, replacing a man who faces felony and misdemeanor tampering charges. 

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Quorum Court unanimously approved appointing Meyer Gilbert to the position Thursday. He'll serve until Dec. 31, when Kelley Cradduck's term would've ended. 

The Benton County Quorum Court has voted unanimously to meet the resignation conditions of Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, who is facing tampering charges.

Cradduck offered to resign Tuesday if the Quorum Court met conditions, including a payment of $80,000 to cover the salary and benefits owed to him through the end of 2016.

Officials approved spending $80,000 from the county's general fund reserve Tuesday night. The decision to accept Cradduck's resignation and declare a vacancy in the Benton County Sheriff's Office was discussed, but not acted on.

The FBI is backing away from an Arkansas prosecutor's statement that its agents would help unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple, saying it hasn't examined the devices and isn't sure whether it can help.

The FBI's statement Thursday didn't rule out help in the Arkansas case, but said that without more details, it doesn't know whether its agents can access the devices.

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