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Police Chief Fired After Officer Releases Audio Recordings

"If I seen a vehicle, I could always find some reason to stop them even if I made them do something stupid."
"If I seen a vehicle, I could always find some reason to stop them even if I made them do something stupid."
BETHEL HEIGHTS, AR (KNWA) -- Police Chief Don McKinnon has been fired, according to multiple sources within the the Bethel Heights Police Department.

This comes after Bethel Heights police officer Tim Brasuell claims McKinnon encouraged questionable behavior in order to pull people over and issue traffic tickets.

"The message that he was giving me was do whatever it takes to get the tickets even if you have to make somebody do something wrong," says Cpl. Timothy Brasuell.

Councilmember Swanson says he's known McKinnon for more than 20 years and is surprised by the recent accusations.

“Something is wrong, he (McKinnon) has always been honest, "Swanson says.  "He’s not stupid.”

Brasuell says he recorded a conversation with McKinnon that depicts McKinnon describing his traffic stop tactics.

"The numbers are way low...You can only get those numbers if you're doing traffic stops," the voice on the recording says.

Brasuell, whose been with the BHPD since 2008, says in an effort to issue more tickets, McKinnon encouraged crooked cop behavior.

The voice goes on to say in the recording, "If I seen a vehicle, I could always find some reason to stop them even if I made them do something stupid."

"I wanna stop that car load of dumb sh*** in the car, I wanna stop it, but they are not going to do anything wrong.  Hell, I'll get behind or the other lane and I'd start crowding them.  Kinda dirty pool but I got two or three arrests out of it."


This story was reported by KNWA's Tyler Thomason.


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