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Police, community talk about race, bias; most officers professional, Little Rock chief says

By Adam Aton

This article was published August 8, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner answers questions from Angel Smith (center) and Irene Gillespie (right) at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock on Wednesday. Buckner answered questions by the community, along with other panelists, during a conversation titled Know Your Rights.

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Onstage before hundreds of churchgoers and an array of television cameras, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner slung his blazer over his chair back and picked up a microphone.

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NoUserName says... August 8, 2016 at 4:38 a.m.

"Most of them are professional. But there are some that I wouldn't want making a run to my mother's house," said Buckner, who is black.
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Are you f'n kidding me?

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Nodmcm says... August 8, 2016 at 6:52 a.m.

Probably most white officers are Republicans, while most African-Americans are Democrats. So there is tension right there between these two groups. Republicans are notorious for "Willie Horton" racist political ads and stereotypes ("welfare queens," "food stamp recipients driving new Cadillac Escalades and eating lobster and steak while talking on their expensive new iPhone"), so its not surprising that African-Americans in Little Rock are less than enthused about being policed by Republican officers. Maybe we need more officers who are Democrats, and that of course would require hiring more African-American officers. Just having an African-American chief likely is not enough. I bet Buckner is a closet Democrat, and Stodola is a closet Republican. Knowing one's race sure helps in figuring out one's political party, no?

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JIMBOB47 says... August 8, 2016 at 6:57 a.m.

Keep stirring the pot... Keep wanting MORE than the 'white' guy... Play the race cards and the pity cards. How about that segment of our society obeying the law ??? How about the 'leaders' of that segment actually raising their thug kids correctly? Law enforcement is NOT in charge of raising kids, they are there to ENFORCE the law for EVERYONE. And no, Wendell Griffen - you are not 'honorable', you're a racist race baiter like Sharpton and Jackson and do nothing but use your position as a forum for your racist behavior.

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Jackabbott says... August 8, 2016 at 8:49 a.m.

If the issue of fatherless families and abuse of young women(getting them pregnant and then running off like a dog) is not addressed and dealt with in a responsible manner then the status quo will not change. The police are not babysitters to unruly kids that have poor upbringing. Unless this issue is admitted and then tackled and solved, good luck on blaming others for the misery that results.

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TravisBickle says... August 8, 2016 at 9:14 a.m.

Nothing like having the back of ALL your officers. Can't believe he said that mother's house remark.

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cliffcarson says... August 8, 2016 at 9:19 a.m.

Just exactly what is the underlying cause driving "Black Lives Matter"?

My understanding is that black people want to be treated like white people are treated when confronted by police. And when black people bring a complaint against the Police they would like to expect that the Justice System would treat complaining black people with dignity.

I don't think this is an unreasonable request.

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TravisBickle says... August 8, 2016 at 10:06 a.m.

BLM advocates for dignity, justice, and freedom, according to one of their twitter blurbs. But what's become clear is that the rule of law, personal responsibility, honesty, and the necessity of due process are all strictly white values and expecting non-whites to conform to this standard of civilization is racist.

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LR1955 says... August 8, 2016 at 11:33 a.m.

In most situations, If the police would begin an interaction with a citizen with a brief explaination of why the citizen was stopped or approached, and said citizen would reply truthfully & w/ out an "attitude", and comply with any requests, most interaction between police & citizen would go smoothly.

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mrcharles says... August 8, 2016 at 12:25 p.m.

Not to rain on anyone's parade but I have friends who are more conservative than most cons here, but even though they are white they say they hate the police cause they have such an arrogant attitude and have the audacity to question a white man - even if police is white.

LR is close if both would approach matter with respect, but both are usually scared so the hackles come up and then sometimes without cause things get out of hand. Politely explaining what the stop is for is a big start, and said citizen would reply truthfully [ should do] & w/ out an "attitude"-- LR you left out in addition to letting citizen know what stop is for, that "attitude on both sides would be a plus" , and comply with any requests [ seems to be a big area of contention as to comply can be relative.

JACK you are being hard on our white youth. This has been going on since bible days- read you bible, of course the right translation of the right number of books bible.

Prove Buckner wrong you of celestial wisdom.

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