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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND --07/15/13-- Protesters gather at West 12th and Adams streets to voice their anger over the fatal shooting of a black male by a Little Rock Police officer Monday around 11:30 a.m. behind a home in the 1100 block of Adams St. The man ran from a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop on West 12th and Jefferson streets. He was chased into an alley and then a backyard where he was shot. The crowd of protesters grew and more officers were called in. The crowd was ordered to disperse and Rizelle Aaron, a civil rights' attorney, intervened and asked the protesters to go home. The police left the area and the crowd quieted.

One person was arrested near a protest that sparked Monday across the scene from a fatal police shooting in Little Rock, jail records show.

Moren Ellis, 31, was arrested at 12th and Peyton streets, about three blocks east of the sometimes raucous demonstration that spurred police to close 12th Street and call in dozens of units.

Police said Monday that no arrests were made at the demonstration, but an arrest report for Ellis shows he was taken into custody about 2 p.m. after a verbal confrontation with an officer in the area.


Mugshot: Moren Ellis

Arrest date: July 15, 2013

According to the report, Ellis was on a bike when police asked him to leave. He told a sergeant to "go f* himself" and was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and attempting to incite a riot, according to the report.

Ellis was no longer being held in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday morning. His bail had been set at $1,500.

The protest developed after two officers chased Deon Williams, 26, when he ran from a vehicle police believed to be stolen. Authorities say Williams was shot in a backyard when he dropped a gun, then picked it up and looked at the officer. Police said Tuesday morning they determined the vehicle was not stolen.

At its height, the protest drew hundreds of demonstrators, including some who clutched hand-made signs criticizing police violence and invoking the names of Bobby Moore and Trayvon Martin.

Moore, 15, was fatally shot last year by a Little Rock officer who was later charged with manslaughter in the case. Martin, 17, was fatally shot in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted over the weekend in a much-publicized case.


Officer-involved shooting report


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  • Oldearkie
    July 16, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

    police don't "ask" one to do anything, they "tell" you

  • dimebag
    July 16, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

    if, when i was 31, i had told an officer of the law to go f* himself, i would have expected to wake up in a hospital. i would then have to worry about what my parents and family would have done to me for such a stupid act of disrespect. it is really sad what we have "evolved" in to. had i done that, at age 31, i would just now have regained the respect of my family and that officer. lets just say that would have been well over 25 years ago, too.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.


  • HARLEY13
    July 16, 2013 at 1:10 p.m. can't blame the guy! That is part of the black culture that everyone wants you to respect! Law enforcement is expected to respect that same black mans culture. Until the black race gets a freedom to steal cars, rob banks, hold up convenience stores, and burglarize homes whenever they want to, then there will always be racism on the part of law officers and white people in general!

  • gunny55
    July 16, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

    Let me get this straight. The guy had a gun and the cops shot him. If he had shot the officers and killed them there would be no story, only a funeral. I guess he had the gun to hold up his pants.

  • MakeMeOink
    July 16, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

    How do that many people get off work to protest during the middle of the day? Oh wait, they don't have jobs do they. They are on Welfare, food stamps, disability and Obama phones. If these 'victims' put half as much effort into doing something productive with their lives we all would be far better off!

  • dimebag
    July 16, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

    "work nights...." and sleep during the day inquire, not protest. if people had not started busting the pay phones to steal what little change was in them, then the phone companies would not have shut them down. to help you out, i don't like reagan, bush or obama phones. if you want a cell phone, get a job.

  • MenLR2
    July 16, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

    Free Government Cell Phones are so the Government can track people. They could not track everyone with a land-line, but now they can cell phone users.

  • 000
    July 16, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

    Institutional Racism is a lie propagated by those who live off the fury. You know who they are. There is no racism, generally speaking. All the colors of folks generally get along. It's the cultures that clash, and just a few of them at that.
    The US is a pretty good melting pot. Generally speaking, all of us enjoy a wide range of cultures. We can (and do) respect and enjoy the various Asian, European, Native American, Latin, Mediterranean, African...(you get the drift) cultures on almost a daily basis. Hell, lots of us SEEK those unique cultural experiences for VACATIONS, for god's sake!
    The US media and those who live off the unrest work hard to keep the rest of us fooled into mistaking cultural bias for racism. Don't be fooled. It is ok to distain or fear the ghetto culture or the outlaw culture. They are nasty, vicious cultures, borne out of ignorance and fostered by some stupid pride in NOT being educated or productive. Black, white, brown, red or yellow - the color doesn't matter, because all colors have been represented in the ghetto or by the rural outlaws (borderers, I believe Aimee called them).
    So, go on. It's ok to disparage cultures that glorify thuggery, its fine to work against cultures that promote ignorance, its your civic duty to eradicate the rogue culture that is at war with every other culture. Ask Pop about how we do that. She has fine ideas on education.
    Poor Travon - a victim of his own culture, a young man drawn into a fight to the death like a moth drawn into the flame. Don't let your babies grow up to be Travon.