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Little Rock Police Department Chief Stuart Thomas is suspending a lieutenant without pay for a 2011 incident in which the officer beat a man outside of a Hillcrest-neighborhood restaurant.

Lt. David Hudson was given notice of the 30-day suspension on Thursday following a year-long internal investigation. The department released Hudson's suspension letter on Friday.


Lt. David Hudson's suspension letter


A video posted on YouTube shows Hudson punching Chris Erwin, then 40, of Little Rock multiple times after a verbal altercation Oct. 29, 2011, outside of Ferneau at 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Hudson's suspension will begin Monday.

For more on this story, read today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article, "Officer’s penalty is time off job".

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Information in this article was contributed by Sean Beherec of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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    November 9, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.

    Hudson needs to be down at Tucker Max for assault, battery, government abuse of power, and for being a general idiot and bully. If I was a bystander I would have whipped his butt as my citizen duty requires of me.