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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., left, along with interim Little Rock Police Chief Wayne Bewley speaks during a news conference at Little Rock Police Department headquarters. ( Staton Breidenthal)

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will present an ordinance that would establish an independent citizen review board to oversee the city’s Police Department to city directors this evening.

The board would review police actions, based on submitted complaints from the public, per the proposed ordinance. It would have the ability to investigate cases of use of force resulting in injury or death, corruption and discrimination.

The proposed ordinance states that such a board would build public trust between the community and the Little Rock Police Department and enhance public perception of the department, while ensuring that investigations are complete, thorough and fair.

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The board would have legal counsel selected by the mayor to support it and would deliver an annual written report to the city Board of Directors.

Scott first called for a review board during the campaign leading up to his election on Dec. 4. He repeated the proposal after a Little Rock officer fatally shot 30-year-old Bradley Blackshire on Feb. 22.


Ordinance to establish LRPD citizen review board


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In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Scott said creating the board would help “build bridges between some communities and police and strengthen others.” He wrote that it would allow complaints to be heard and investigated while keeping both the public and officers safe.

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The city board will meet at 4 p.m. today to set its agenda for the July 23 voting meeting.

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


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Archived Comments

  • SJB
    July 16, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

    Will any of the Board members be required to partake in LRPD training? Will any of the Board members be required to participate in a LRPD ride-along? If not, it would be like having a plumber review the actions of a neurologists. No understanding of the decision making, policies, laws or training will result in a boat load of chaos. Oh...wait...

  • mozarky2
    July 16, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.

    He needs to create a civilian review board to confront the crime in LR. As if the police aren't fed up enough with his sorry a**!
    I had high hopes for this mayor. No longer.

  • Defiant
    July 16, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    Will there be any repercussions to a citizen if a complaint is dismissed? If not, a citizen can file a completely spurious claim, resulting in wasted time, and injury to the officer’s reputation if they don’t like getting a speeding ticket. How will the alleged complaints be screened and evaluated as valid? Does the mayor really think the only complaints will be about corruption or brutality? Most will involve petty issues not worthy of review.

  • GeneralMac
    July 16, 2019 at 12:51 p.m.

    SJB.....yes the review board will get " training" and Mayor Scott will conduct it.

    A city bus will be used along with some stuffed dummy wearing a police uniform.

    Mayor Scott will " train" board members on the proper way to " throw cops under the bus "

  • Foghorn
    July 16, 2019 at 1:29 p.m.

    Defiant - Only complaints related to use of force, corruption or discrimination will be accepted for review. If the CRB works as intended, it will deny oxygen to petty complaints and provide valid complaints a better forum for consideration than demonstrations in the streets.

  • GeneralMac
    July 16, 2019 at 2:22 p.m.

    FOGHORN......if YOU think a review board is going to curtail street demonstrations when a cop shoots a Black're dreaming !

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    July 16, 2019 at 3:17 p.m.

    Some arbitration between blue law and the community wouldnt be a disaster.
    Remember fear begats fear.

    Militarizing the police forces and not inducting them into the rolls of Disciplined Martial Actors is only going to widen the empathy gap between citizen and soldier.
    Now both sides make excellent points.
    If this unelected leadership takes it upon themselves
    to act as some Social Justice inquiry ALL WILL BE FOR NOUGHT.
    The fact that across all standards of this american life has come to require a "review board" shouldn't be seen as a victory or a failure.
    But a fact of the american freedom.

  • blueovalz
    July 16, 2019 at 3:32 p.m.

    If the union and the police force exercise the practice of true accountability, then this wouldn't be needed in the first place. Policing of the police is needed because there is some in the ranks who feel accountability is as simple as "my word against theirs", which is unacceptable when one has overwhelming authority over the other. Everybody should follow the same scrutiny of the law, regardless. If I intentionally stepped in front of a car, and forced myself to fall onto the hood, empty the clip into the windshield, and then "black out", what courtroom in the world would view this as anything other than some degree of murder. Clean house, and this won't be needed.

  • FollowDaMoney
    July 16, 2019 at 4:29 p.m.

    I mean, who came up with this crazy idea of creating a citizen panel to hear legal grievances anyway? Pretty soon, they're gonna let twelve regular folks who never went to law school try to interpret the law and saw whether or not some normal person goes to jail for crimes they've been accused of and then what?

    The rug police have been sweeping these concerns under for decades is now a few feet off the floor and with cameras and recordings the public is beginning to realize that as long as law enforcement amplifies this "us vs them" "thin blue line" mentality they can't be trusted to police themselves. There may just be a few bad apples, but the good ones are staying silent when good people are hurt by bad police actions.

  • DANNY46
    July 16, 2019 at 4:43 p.m.

    I suppose he will appoint the board. This Mayor hates the Police and it shows. I hear the noise. It is the doors slamming on the moving vans headed for Cabot, Sheridan, Bryant, Lonoke, Austin, Ward and any other place to get out of L.R.!!!!!!