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2:15 p.m. update:

A report released Friday afternoon by the Little Rock Police Department offered new details on the arrest of a man who died while in custody the night before.

Police wrote in the report that the man, whose identity is not included in the report, was located in the kitchen of a residence he had broken into on Red Gate Drive in southwest Little Rock.

According to the report, the man pulled away from officers and kicked when they tried to take him into custody. The report says officers took him to the floor, struck him with a closed fist and placed a knee on his back at different points before he was handcuffed.

The report says an officer again placed a knee on the man's back when he began "kicking and flailing" after being handcuffed. Police at one point placed a Taser on the man's back, but it was never activated, the report said.

Officers reportedly later realized the man was not breathing and began performing CPR. The man was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center, where he died.

The report indicates officers on scene believed the man was on "sherm," the street name for a mixture of marijuana and PCP.

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

— Arkansas Online

Noon update:

Little Rock police said a man died after he resisted arrest late Thursday night in the southwest part of the city.

Lt. Steve McClanahan, a spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department, said officers were called to 100 Aliza Drive on a report of a suspicious person and found a man who was wearing only shorts and acting "very erratic."

The man, who hasn't been identified, didn't obey the officers' commands and resisted their attempts to arrest him, McClanahan said. The officers wrestled him to the ground and placed him in handcuffs, the police spokesman added.

"That's when they noticed he had difficulty breathing and he became unresponsive," McClanahan said.

The officers performed CPR before medics arrived and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

McClanahan said the two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department procedure. He said both internal and criminal investigations were being conducted.

McClanahan said there were "absolutely zero" signs of trauma on the body and that witness statements line up with what the officers reported. The audio recorders the officers were wearing were activated at the time.

Someone last died in Little Rock police custody in 2012. In that case, an attorney filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department last year regarding the death of Booker Davis Jr. Booker died after he was placed in handcuffs and stopped breathing.

McClanahan was told the last time someone died in the custody of Little Rock police was in 2004. At the time, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Robert Harold Allen died after he was shot with a taser by Sgt. Ricky Wilson on April 17 of that year. The newspaper also reported that a man died at a now-closed holding facility in North Little Rock after being arrested by Little Rock police in August 2005.

McClanahan said the officers did not use a taser to subdue the man Thursday.

Police don't know who the man is and described him only as being Hispanic. McClanahan said investigators don't know if the man was on a controlled substance.

When the officers first got to the scene, a trailer park near the Pulaski County border with Saline County, they found a door knocked in at 100 Aliza Drive. McClanahan said they then heard what sounded like a door being kicked in at 71 Red Gate Drive, a street over from Aliza. That's where the man was apprehended shortly after 11:30 p.m.

The names of the officers involved will be released later today, McClanahan said.

— Austin Cannon


A suspect has died after being taken into custody by officers with the Little Rock Police Department.

The agency said police were called to investigate a suspicious person Thursday night at 100 Aliza Drive, which is near Stagecoach Road in southwest Little Rock.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said in an email that officers took a man into custody and that person later died at nearby 71 Red Gate Drive. The man's name wasn't released.

The cause of death wasn't released and additional details weren't immediately available.

McClanahan said additional information would be released later Friday morning.

Check back later for updates.

— Arkansas Online

Photo by Austin Cannon
71 Red Gate Drive in Little Rock.

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  • Kharma
    August 5, 2016 at 12:53 p.m.

    Hispanic? Whew, not black. No riots.

  • LR1955
    August 5, 2016 at 4:53 p.m.

    PCP is an animal tranquilizer, some bad stuff when taken by people. On the other hand, how much did the officer weigh that had a knee in the perps back ?

  • Foghorn
    August 5, 2016 at 5:20 p.m.

    Resisting arrest when it hasn't been determined the suspect had done anything wrong other than appearing to be impaired and 'wearing only shorts' (not sure how that's even relevant) is NOT cause for murder. The tactic of kneeling and putting pressure on someone's SPINE is highly questionable and should be stopped immediately. It's likely what led to Freddie Gray's death. It would have been preferable had officers tasered the suspect in this case and then cuffed him. It should have been clear to them since he was only wearing shorts that he was not armed. The officers in this case should be suspended without pay immediately, investigated and prosecuted. THIS HAS TO STOP!!

  • LR1955
    August 5, 2016 at 6:02 p.m.

    Hey wtf, this perp was inside someone else home as an obvious breaking & entering suspect. The popo didn't beat him w/ a baton, tase him, or shoot him. You don't know where the popo's knee was. He possibly died from a pcp induced heart attack. There could have been other drugs mixed in too. Lots of unknowns.
    Nothing like Freddie Gray. Keep to the facts.

  • Foghorn
    August 5, 2016 at 6:10 p.m.

    No the 'popo' didn't beat, tase or shoot him. They simply accelerated to murder. There were other ways he could have been subdued that wouldn't have involved the tactics used. Violence as a first response is not the answer. I do draw parallels to Freddie Gray. Tactics like knees in spines and larynx crushing holds are TAUGHT, are UNNECESSARY and UNACCEPTABLE. LE need to be instructed in 'threat assessment' rather than shock, awe and murder as first response.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    August 5, 2016 at 6:28 p.m.

    The dearly departed killed himself. All he had to do was follow directions to stand before a Judge. Now he has to stand before his maker.

  • Kharma
    August 5, 2016 at 6:58 p.m.

    WTF has adjudicated this incident, based upon this article, as a murder. Funny. He/she/it has also decided that a weapon cannot be hidden in shorts. Funny too. I carry a pistol every day, often in shorts. But I digress.

    I wonder how many of you have had to try and control a violent suspect, especially one on drugs? l have.

  • 912
    August 5, 2016 at 7:24 p.m.

    Hire WTF to teach in all police academies. Evidently he/she knows how to properly handle all things that a police officer may encounter. Hug first, ask politely to obey police recommendations (instead of lawful orders), then leave to poor thief alone. Oops, I didn't mean thief. I meant misunderstood law abiding citizen. I hate it that someone died but come on. He broke into someone's home, fought the police, and possibly on very dangerous narcotics. But I guess it the police officers' fault that all of this happened.

  • Kharma
    August 5, 2016 at 8:16 p.m.

    Yes 912, it is clear that to many the police are responsible for a wide range of social ills.

    To some, but for the police, America would be a virtual utopia and gloriously free of want, need, desire, and crime.