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story.lead_photo.caption Video released by North Little Rock police shows officer Jon Crowder injure a man during an Aug. 2018 arrest.

A North Little Rock police officer injured an arrestee who needed emergency room treatment for fractured bones during a traffic stop last year, according to a probable cause affidavit filed this week charging the officer with third-degree battery.

The Pulaski County prosecutor's office found that Officer Jon Michael Crowder's use of force "rose to a criminal level" following the Aug. 27, 2018, arrest of a person wanted on suspicion of a felony, a statement by the North Little Rock Police Department said on Thursday.

According to the affidavit, Crowder pulled over a car at 111 W. Pershing Blvd. and was arresting the driver when he lifted the man's arms "up behind his back, pinning his torso to the car."

Dash camera video released by the department shows Crowder tells the driver to step out after he stops.

The footage shows Crowder order the man to put his hands on the car as another officer walks over.

As the officers are arresting the man, Crowder asks why the arrestee has handcuffs. The man responds: “Because I’m [expletive] kinky, dude.”

Crowder immediately lifts the man’s arms up, and the man screams in pain, yelling “you broke my [expletive] arms, man!”

He tells him to stand still.

Note: video contains strong language.

“If you move again, I'll have to do what I did before,” Crowder tells the man.

Audio captured the arrested man speaking through audible pain as tried to answer officers’ questions.

Crowder said in the video that the suspect wasn’t following his orders when he turned away from him while he ordered him to the car. “If you would have had a gun or something on you, it’d have gone real south for you,” he is heard telling the man.

The arrestee, whose name was redacted from the affidavit, went to the hospital and was found to have "mildly displaced fractures of the ulna bone in both elbow joints," Lt. Patrick Thessing wrote in the affidavit.

Officer Jon Michael Crowder.Photo by North Little Rock police.

Police arrested Crowder on Thursday on suspicion of third-degree battery, a misdemeanor.

"Giving officers the authority to use reasonable force and protect the public requires monitoring, evaluation and careful balancing of all interest," said North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis in a statement. "As always, we realize that to be effective in an ever-changing world, training and education must continue throughout an officer’s career."

The department said it suspended Crowder for 30 days in October after finding he violated internal policies.

The person Crowder arrested was suspected of a felony charge, but a statement by the department didn't say what the person was charged with.

A North Little Rock police spokeswoman said Crowder was currently on paid administrative leave. He’s been an officer with the department since 2002, she said.

County prosecutor Larry Jegley declined to comment on the charge but pointed to details available in the affidavit.

Crowder didn’t appear to be an inmate at the county jail, and online court records didn’t list if he has an upcoming court appearance.

Records didn’t list an attorney to comment on the charge.


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Archived Comments

  • blueovalz
    June 27, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.

    What a surprise...a LEO allowing objective professionalism to be overridden with personal "red mist". Authority to carry and use a badge and a gun cannot allow anything outside of very prescriptive use of force. Feigning fear, blackouts, or whatever else the police which to use to obfuscate the proper

  • blueovalz
    June 27, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

    use of enforcement authority. Police our out of control, and it doesn't help when the union never communicates any balance when they opening comment on their member actions.

    June 27, 2019 at 12:29 p.m.

    Blue -- you do realize that the same prosecutor evaluated both this case and the Starks case. In one he found no excessive use of force and in one he did. Every case is different. The blanket statements about abuse of power don't hold up.
    But we do know that the thugs are out of control.

  • MaxCady
    June 27, 2019 at 12:45 p.m.

    Some people just have a lot of laxity in the ligaments of their elbows. Happens all the time.

  • HogFanCalChapter
    June 27, 2019 at 1:31 p.m.

    I HATE when people make a blanket statement that police are out of control. I would suspect the people that make that particular statement are often directly or indirectly (within the prescribed 6 degrees of separate) on the wrong side of a police action. I fully acknowledge that there are some police officers that go too far in making an arrest. NLR has had its share of over the last 30 years. With the exception of a few cases that I'm aware of, the command structure did their job and officers were disciplined or fired or arrested as needed. I would also submit that most people who make that particular blanket statement about abuse of police authority have never been a police officer or even closely related to the profession. I wish that police would stop being blamed for everything and people would realize the bad guys are the bad guys and the police do a job that no one else cares to do and the masses arm chair quarterback with zero points of reference. IMHO

  • ParkHillBilly
    June 27, 2019 at 2:15 p.m.

    I'm guessing this more than the officer being a little rough with the guy, or he wouldn't have been changed with a crime.

  • LRDawg
    June 27, 2019 at 4:25 p.m.

    Good thing the arrestee was white. Police kill black guys for that

  • CartoonDude
    June 27, 2019 at 4:41 p.m.

    I bet he thinks twice before he smarts off to a policeman again!

  • kasto
    June 27, 2019 at 4:52 p.m.

    This Jerk should never be allowed to wear a badge. Its a shame we are hiring these kind of people

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 27, 2019 at 6:40 p.m.

    id like to know how many of these "officers" have ever been trained MARTIALLY.
    I dont mean BOOT CAMP.
    You would be surprised how little internal discipline it takes to be AWARE and yet not PROVOCATIVE or NEUROTIC.
    The real problem is we have poor in society.
    The real problem is we have classism/elitism among the ranks.
    The real problem is law enforcement officers rightly fear for their life.
    The real problem is, we have bad apples among the good.
    The real problem is, we are all afraid.
    The real problem is, if you let fear control you, you will live the life of a slave.