Arkansas Law Enforcement

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.

911 Calls Made In HS Toddler Death Still Withheld, Suit Filed Against Police

Oct 29, 2015
Circuit Judge Wade Naramore

It's a story that has continued developing over the past three months, when a Garland County circuit judge's son died in a hot car.

On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney and blogger Matt Campbell filed the suit in Garland County a lawsuit was filed against Hot Springs Police Chief, David Flory.

The suit claims Flory is violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by not releasing the 911 recordings made the day Judge Wade Naramore's 18-month-old son Thomas died.

LR Police Searching For Suspect After Officer-Involved Shooting

Oct 28, 2015
Police shooting Little Rock
KATV, Channel 7 News

Little Rock police say one of their officers was involved in a shooting late Wednesday morning on the southside of the city. Police say the officer wasn't injured.

According to LRPD spokesman Steve McClanahan, officers were responding to a burglary call at a home on Applegate Court when they encountered three suspects. Shots were fired, but it is not known at this time who fired at whom.

Arkansas State Police say a Bentonville man has been arrested following a chase and shootout with troopers and a Madison County sheriff's deputy.

Police say there were no injuries.

State police say the chase began Wednesday night when troopers tried to stop the driver of a sport utility vehicle who had reportedly shot at a passing motorist and was driving recklessly near Green Forest. The driver initially fled, but eventually stopped near Dryfork in Carroll County and opened fire on troopers and the deputy who arrived from neighboring Madison County to provide assistance.

A man accused of shooting at people trying to escape a burning house in Helena-West Helena has been arrested.

According to police, a 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday and is being held on a $1 million bond. He faces 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder, arson and illegal possession of a firearm.

Authorities say occupants reported the back of the home had been set on fire on Sept. 23. Police say as people tried to exit the home through the front door, two men dressed in dark clothing shot at them, forcing them back inside.

Judge Wendell Griffen at Truthful Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol in 2014.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen has set March 1 and 2 as hearing dates to consider the constitutionality of a state law allowing lethal injection drug types to be kept secret.

The plaintiffs in the case argue such secrecy clouds their ability to challenge a potentially cruel and unusual form of punishment. Eight Arkansas inmates currently await execution.

lonoke county sheriff Jeff Staley
KATV, Channel 7 News

A debate involving Lonoke County Sheriff's deputies has residents questioning the separation between church and state. KATV, Channel 7 News reports that Sheriff John Staley says the LCSO might be adding ‘In God We Trust' on the back of all 25 patrol cars.

A federal jury has ruled against a family that claimed a marshal used excessive force during a 2011 encounter with a 16-year-old boy and his mother on a street in Dover.

The decision Tuesday came moments after another defendant reached a $225,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by Ron and Eva Robinson and their son Matthew.

The family alleged Dover deputy Steven Payton overreacted when he saw the boy with his mother. He said that, not knowing their relationship, he had a reason to stop and question them but that they became defiant and uncooperative.

 The city of Little Rock has contracted the Public Safety System company to track false alarm calls more effectively.

Residents can expect a fine of $25 to $500 after three false alarm emergency calls to the city’s communications center.

Little Rock's Treasury Manager, Scott Massanelli, says 95 percent of the city’s 30,000 annual emergency calls are false alarms, mostly triggered by monitored security systems.