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The City of Little Rock has announced the members of the independent review committee that will investigate the practices and procedures of the Little Rock Police Department.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. announced the creation of the committee back in May as a response in part, to multiple lawsuits against the department’s chief Keith Humphrey as well as the city by LRPD officers and employees. 

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Little Rock’s mayor is calling for an independent investigation of the Little Rock Police Department to determine "what, if any, corrective actions need to be taken," according to a news release.

The call for the investigation comes after three separate parties within the police department, including two assistance-chiefs, filed lawsuits against both Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey and the city of Little Rock.

Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey speaking at Monday's announcement alongside Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas Cody Hiland and other officials.
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The Little Rock Police Department is receiving more than $1 million in federal grants, which officials say will allow access to new technology and provide better assistance to victims of crime.

The city received three separate grants. One will allow the department to buy a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network system, or NIBIN. Captain Ken Temple said having it in-house can provide valuable information quickly for gun-related crimes.

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The Little Rock Police Department will face continued scrutiny of its use of deadly force with the filing of a federal civil lawsuit Monday. The family James Hartsfield claims the officer used excessive force and that the city is also responsible for failing to properly train its officers.  

Little Rock Police Officer Charles Starks shooting 30-year-old Bradley Blackshire who was in a stolen car on Feb. 22, 2019.
Little Rock Police Department

Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, have fired a white officer who killed a black motorist by shooting at least 15 times through the windshield as the car was moving.

Police spokesman Michael Ford says Officer Charles Starks was terminated Monday. Prosecutors on April 19 declined to file charges in the death of 30-year-old Bradley Blackshire.

Police say Starks was responding to a call after a detective confirmed that the car Blackshire was driving was stolen. Video released of the Feb. 22 shooting showed Starks on the hood of the slowly moving car firing into the windshield.

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A crowd of roughly 60 people gathered at the Arkansas state Capitol Monday to protest the exoneration of Little Rock police officer Charles Stark. He shot and killed Bradley Blackshire during a traffic stop earlier this year. The 30-year old black man was driving a stolen vehicle and footage released by the department showed Blackshire refused the officer's order to exit the car, which then slowly moved toward Stark. 

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The Little Rock Police Department is moving forward to acquire body cameras for its officers. During a news conference Thursday, Chief Keith Humphrey addressed this issue as well as other topics and what he said was his vision for the department. Humphrey said the department would soon start receiving bids for the cameras, although the department will take some time to make a decision.

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Little Rock officially has a new police chief. Keith Humphrey gave his oath of office on Monday at Little Rock City Hall. Humphrey was one of four finalists for the position after former Chief Kenton Buckner left to become the chief of police in Syracuse. Each finalist held a public forum where they gave a presentation and took questions from the audience. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. announced his decision to hire Humphrey in March.

At Monday’s ceremony, Scott called Humphrey a “man of integrity” and that Humphrey will help strengthen the department’s connection to the public.