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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - Mayor Frank Scott Jr. (left), along with (left to right) Little Rock interim Police Chief Wayne Bewley, City Attorney Tom Carpenter and Chief Deputy City Attorney Alex Betton answer questions on March 7, 2019, during a press conference about the release of dashboard-camera footage from a fatal Feb. 22 officer-involved shooting. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has a security detail from the Little Rock Police Department, officials confirmed Monday.

In a statement, Scott said he had been made aware of “serious safety concerns” since he was elected.

“It is critical to me that I remain accessible and approachable to the people of Little Rock, but I feel that it is equally important that I respect the professionals of the Little Rock Police Department, whose job is to protect all of us from harm,” he said.

The mayor said he had been advised to “accept protection” in February, by then-interim Chief Wayne Bewley. Chief Keith Humphrey, whose first day on the job was April 15, made the same recommendation, he said, “out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with the best practices of many similarly situated cities around the country.”

Information on the nature of Scott’s security detail, such as the number of officers and the costs, was not immediately available.

When reached by phone Monday, police spokesman Lt. Michael Ford said he was not aware of any other local officials or former mayors having a security detail. He confirmed that a security detail was in place, but said any further information would need to be provided by the mayor’s office.

Read Tuesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • jumpedcut
    April 23, 2019 at 12:04 a.m.

    ***** The Award for Most Deplorable Comment of the Day for 4/23/2019. ****** Usually Mondays are slow days for newspapers, but all the racists/homophobes/crazies were out in full force today. Your nominees for most deplorable comments are:
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    Genmac:
    "Pine Bluff only has 20% Whites and even the Whites from Pine Bluff can't stay out of trouble."
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    "ILLINOISROY......shove your sympathy up your atheist butt !"
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    "'radical Muslim group' Right in the first paragraph is a three word phrase that Barack HUSSEIN Obama just refused to use during his presidency. But, what do you expect from a Muslim sympathizer with a Muslim name ?"
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    "The last thing I would want to deal with if a family member died is a man dressed as a woman representing the funeral home. Neither would I buy a car from a dealership if the salesperson was a man dressed as a woman. LGBT want jobs? Apply at the circus freak show !"
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    Packman:
    "Hey LRDawg - You sound pretty lgbtqia. Just sayin.........Hey seitan - Poor old girl has one foot in the grave and the other on banana peel on ice. Drip, drip, drip."
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    Maxcady: "Did his hood pass expire?"
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    AND THE WINNER IS.....
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    (drumroll)
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    Gemnac. Congrats again on being one of the worst people who visits this site.

  • RBear
    April 23, 2019 at 6:31 a.m.

    Did I ever mention the Clintons in my comment, Pack? It seems you are the one obsessed by them and will continue to be for decades to come. When you have no long-term goal, you resort to the past as if it bails you out. Regardless, I don't see a lot of forward thinking coming from you. Just a slurry of vitriol from someone who lives off the trust created by the hard work of others.
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    Actually NUN, anything I state about San Antonio is from working WITH the city and its leaders rather than acting like the constant gadfly who never contributes to the development of it. My comparison of you to Finger is because as I read your comments, his constant rants at City Council came to mind.
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    I've actually provided a LOT of detail about the role of the mayor in Little Rock but you've chosen to ignore the points because it doesn't fit your narrative. That's a common trend with you, but who am I to change you. It must come from your own sense of civic interest. I have to wonder (and I think I've read this before from your comments), someone must have rained on your parade in the past to create this hatred of Little Rock.
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    BTW, Scott has already changed the role of the mayor and how policy decision making happens. If you want to challenge that, take him to court. You have that right as a citizen.

  • RBear
    April 23, 2019 at 6:33 a.m.

    Oh, and fake validates my point about AR's low standing in the nation. When it neglects the things that it ranks in the bottom tier, that can only lead to the high ranking of things like crime and poverty.

  • NoUserName
    April 23, 2019 at 7:04 a.m.

    "I've actually provided a LOT of detail about the role of the mayor in Little Rock but you've chosen to ignore the points because it doesn't fit your narrative."
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    Show me the cite, Bear. I've listed the duties, per the ordinance, of the mayor. Anything else is window dressing.
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    "If you want to challenge that, take him to court."
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    I don't. What *I* want to do is rid ourselves of the CM form of government.

  • MBAIV
    April 23, 2019 at 7:59 a.m.

    I love it. Degeneration into nothing but name calling. Those who think that they must blame Trump and assume that those who disagree must be "Trump lovers" are just spouting BS. And one who says he didn't mention "c l i n t o n" but is clearly following the usual script. I am even guilty of mentioning Obama too frequently - it's hard not to since he make every issue about race - but we should move ahead.
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    The silly situation in LR with two heads of government is just stupid. The city needs to either have a city manager or a mayor as chief executive, not both. I am sure that Scott's committee looking into it will decide to go with the mayor form. No surprise since the mayor appointed them to solidify his position. That's fine - let's just, quickly, go one way or the other.
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    I will admit that I have not been impressed or pleased with Scott's actions so far. But we can elect a new mayor next time - we just need to not have two administrative heads of gov't. In the meantime we'll have his bloated staff of former campaign workers and support for criminals over law enforcement and safety (except for his own).

  • RBear
    April 24, 2019 at 6:52 a.m.

    NUN if you can't go back and read my comments, I'm not about to waste time helping you. Maybe you should read the Scott Script and provide feedback on that IF you can get past your hatred of Scott. Like I said, did someone rain on your little parade to make you so hateful?

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