Arkansas Law Enforcement

Eric Holder
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Holder told a group of mayors and police chiefs that the shooting of Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the protests that followed show the need for expanded collaboration among law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The Little Rock Police Department is now posting online a list of all calls its officers are dispatched to, but on a half hour delay.

Over the summer, the agency began encrypting police radio traffic, saying that allowing people to hear police activity in real time on scanners or smart phone apps was compromising officer safety. Lawsuits were filed, calling it a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

U.S. Marshal Museum Website

Ground will be broken Wednesday in Fort Smith for the long-anticipated U.S. Marshals Museum. The Western Arkansas city was chosen out of a sixteen city national competition.

This groundbreaking ceremony coincides with the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, an appropriate match considering Fort Smith is a venerated place in the Service’s history.

Jim Dunn is president and CEO of the museum. He said the decision was made by the US Marshals Service Director, John Clark.  

Jonesboro Police
Jonesboro Police

 

A Mayflower police officer has been fired after a prosecutor said he intentionally withheld evidence in a tornado relief profiteering case. A police spokesman says officer Mark Winchester was terminated Tuesday morning.

Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland said he would no longer accept felony case submissions from Winchester.

Jonesboro's police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter.

Michael Yates submitted a letter of resignation Monday to Mayor Harold Perrin, saying he carefully considered his position and decided "the present circumstances dictate that I must resign my position."

Yates wrote that he allowed "anger and pride override" his judgment and wisdom and said things that are not acceptable. The resignation is effective Monday.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek

State lawmakers are looking into problems with 911 systems across Arkansas. On Thursday, a legislative committee reviewed technological and staffing discrepancies between county systems.

State Senator Missy Irvin from Mountian View said some 911 call centers are run by police or fire departments. Others are run by volunteers that can’t consistently track the locations of incoming callers.

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is to take part in a United Nations hearing in Geneva to review the United States' efforts to implement an international treaty to eliminate racial discrimination. McDaniel will join a U.S. delegation in speaking to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Wednesday.

The Greene County judge says an Arkansas sheriff has received the keys to a new jail facility.

The Paragould Daily Press reports the new 75,000-square-foot jail is set to house nearly 500 inmates. It's located right behind the existing jail expected to be renovated for administrative purposes. Greene County Judge Jerry Shipman says sheriff Dan Langston received the keys Monday morning.

Langston says authorities will start transferring inmates a few at a time next week. He says officers will need to sweep the facility to check for leftover construction material.

Police in Little Rock say a police dog managed to escape his pen at a home in Saline County and bite two neighbors.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis says the dog apparently jumped a 6-foot-tall privacy fence on Monday and crossed the street where he bit the neighbors. The condition of the two victims was not released, but Davis says at least one was hospitalized.

Davis says the dog bite is being treated as a vicious dog bite and will not be allowed to leave his home for 10 days.

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