Arkansas Law Enforcement

Authorities say a human leg has been found in the Arkansas River in west Little Rock. Little Rock police officer Richard Hilgeman says the leg was found Saturday floating near the Big Dam Bridge on the Little Rock side of the river and was taken by the Pulaski County coroner's office. The bridge is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting Little Rock with North Little Rock. Sheriff's Lt. Ted Hasse says boats are being used as investigators search the area. 

Arkansas Municipal League

Community-based policing is a focus at this fall’s Arkansas Municipal League conference. About 750 municipal and county officials discussed “respect and understanding” in law enforcement on Wednesday in Springdale.

Whitnee Bullerwell  is the League’s spokesperson. She said a panel of police officers and mayors shared their experiences with improving community relationships.

"Offering advice on what they've done in the past in  making certain community-based policing is a priority and all demographics are taken into account and considered," she said. 

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new public service campaign aimed at supporting and thanking law enforcement is featuring central Arkansas police officers in television and radio ads over the next year.

The Behind the Badge campaign launched Tuesday features 18 officers from the Little Rock Police Department, the North Little Rock Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office talking about the reasons they serve. The campaign created by the Communications Group includes four television spots, four radio spots, digital billboards, a website and bumper stickers.

A Dover police supervisor says a black man whose jaw was broken after he was kicked in the head by a white officer was alert and belligerent shortly afterward.

Lt. Todd Case was the first witness called in the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster IV, who is charged with felony assault. A police dash cam video shows Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in August 2013 while Dickerson was on his hands and knees.

Dickerson was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw. Webster's attorney says the officer's actions were justified in responding to reports of a man with a gun.

A discrimination/retaliation lawsuit filed Monday against the Fort Smith Police Department notes that the department has not promoted a black officer since 1988 and has not hired a black officer since 1995.

Little Rock police say a 6-year-old child has died and his aunt faces a manslaughter charge in his apparent accidental shooting.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said the Wednesday afternoon shooting appears to be accidental, but police are still investigating.

According to a police report, officers responding to a reported shooting found a woman standing near a car outside a home, crying and standing over the boy. The child had a gunshot wound to his face, and a handgun was nearby. The child died at a hospital.

Arkansas State Police are investigating a fatality crash on Interstate 40 that occurred during a police chase.

State police say the crash occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of I-40 at the 248 mile marker near Widener.

State police say the crash came after the driver of an eastbound vehicle that was stopped by a St. Francis County sheriff's deputy on the interstate fled the stop, then crossed the median into westbound lanes before returning to the eastbound lanes and colliding with another vehicle.

David Houser
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office

An Arkansas police officer who said he was shot during a traffic stop has been arrested after authorities say the incident never happened.

State Police arrested 50-year-old David Houser on Tuesday on suspicion of filing a false police report. England Police Chief Nathan Cook says Houser was fired Monday after he admitted lying about the incident. Cook says investigators believe the traffic stop and shooting never happened.

Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job - and at times faced fresh allegations that include raping women - because of a tattered network of laws and lax screening that allowed them to stay on the beat.

A yearlong Associated Press investigation into sex abuse by cops, jail guards, deputies and other state law enforcement officials uncovered a broken system for policing bad officers, with significant flaws in how agencies deal with those suspected of sexual misconduct and glaring warning signs that go unreported or get overlooked.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says her office will help distribute information cards to abuse victims and help develop courses for students on dating violence as she ramps up a focus on domestic violence during the coming months.

Rutledge said her office is working to help enforce two new laws intended to reduce abuse in Arkansas.

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