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Trooper suspended, moved after clash

by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | March 28, 2008 at 12:09 a.m.

An Arkansas State Police trooper with a history of "unacceptable" and "unprofessional" behavior in his dealings with the public was suspended and reassigned to administrative work earlier this month after a run-in with a journalist late last year, agency documents show.

A state police review board recommended against any discipline but found that Trooper Thomas Weindruch used "poor judgment" in handcuffing the Stephens Media reporter/photographer Bill Lawson and citing him with a misdemeanor.

Noting Weindruch's disciplinary history, however, state police Director Col. Winford Phillips disagreed and suspended him.

Several agency documents were obtained by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette staff. The PDFs below include the original arrest report, excerpts from interviews with Lawson and Weindruch, and the audio transcript from the night of the clash.

Arrest report

Audio transcript from Dec. 10

Lawson interview

Weindruch interview

Letter to Weindruch


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