Police

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A common way police and public come into contact with each other is a traffic stop.  A Stanford University study reveals that people of color are far more likely to be pulled over and far more likely to have cars searched. Those interactions can turn tragic. Jordan Blair Woods, an associate professor of law at the University of Arkansas has reasearched the possible benefits of removing traffic matters from police.

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On Thursday, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas delivered its recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who established the group in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests around the country. The task force included law enforcement and community activists and delivered 27 recommendations.

After five months of meetings, the Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas is getting ready to submit its report and recommendations to Governor Asa Hutchinson. We check back in with KenDrell Collins, an attorney in Little Rock, and Jimmy Warren, a community activist in Conway, who are both members of the task force, to find out more about the work the group has been doing since June.

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After Fayetteville voters approved nearly $37 million in funding for a new police department headquarters in a special election in 2019, the city has entered the design phase of the project. But following the recent police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, opponents are calling for the money to be invested elsewhere.

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Following four hours of public comment at a special meeting Wednesday, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to accept a grant that will partially fund the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force, which is made up of 10 law enforcement agencies in Washington and Madison Counties.

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It’s been two months since Officer Stephen Carr was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car behind the Fayetteville police station near the downtown square. Since then, police departments around the region have taken steps to improve security for their officers including fencing in parking lots and installing brighter lighting.

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The Jonesboro Police Department is the first in Arkansas to host a demonstration for a device called the Bola Wrap. It has been billed as an alternative way for police around the world to detain suspects, especially those in the middle of a mental health crisis.