LRPD Chief's Email to Officers on Walker Arrest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An email has surfaced that the Little Rock police chief sent to officers about some arrests earlier this week that led to media coverage.

On Monday, prominent civil rights attorney and state representative John Walker, along with a colleague of his, were arrested after police say they walked into a traffic stop investigation that officers were conducting. Walker and Omavi Shukur were arrested on a charge of obstructing government operations that were later dropped, first against Walker, and two days later against Shukur.

The email that Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner sent to officers late Wednesday night has the subject line "Stay Professional."

It reads, in part, "There are multiple opinions about how the entire incident was handled."

Walker was issued a letter of apology from the LRPD that he rejected. On Thursday, he and Shukur held a news conference to discuss what happened.

"With these tapes, you saw that we did nothing," Walker said, speaking of dash camera video from police cruisers the LRPD had released on Wednesday.

Walker and Shukur spoke for nearly an hour about the events that led to their arrest and also about what they say is the mistreatment of black people in Central Arkansas.

Walker says he and Shukur were peacefully exercising their right to record police interactions when they were approached by officers who made disparaging comments.

Minority neighborhoods, they say, are targeted by overzealous police, but the majority of the time it goes unnoticed.


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