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Two state legislative proposals seek to increase transparency and keep better track of police-involved shootings in Arkansas.
Lucy Crowder tries to remember her son in terms of how he lived: a loving father, a brother who teased his younger sister, the kind of friend who cried with you when your dog died.
For many officers involved in police shootings, the greatest fear “is they don’t want to get into another one,” Little Rock Police detective Tommy Hudson said.
Is it racial bias or part of a broader issue?
Roseetta Robinson wept alone on Halloween 2011 after a policeman killed her father. There were no protests, no riots, no public calls for accountability. No activists or TV cameras showed up in Jonesboro.
Police in Arkansas shot at least 135 people in the past six years. Sixty-seven died. During the same period, at least three Arkansas police officers were fatally shot by assailants, and 31 reported being shot at when they wounded or killed someone, according to research by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Appellate ruling says agency must follow bench directives
A circuit judge set out to ensure that three teenagers wouldn't "languish" in county-run youth jails last year, but he ended up successfully challenging the state's authority in certain juvenile cases.
Some Arkansas teenagers in state custody live in quarters that reek of urine, and at some juvenile centers, 11 youths share a single urinal and shower, a failure of accreditation standards.
Lawmakers able to reject contract
As officials work to ensure that the state's last-minute takeover of seven youth jails is seamless, larger questions about Arkansas' juvenile justice system remain.
Hutchinson fears service cuts at 7 facilities
The state will take control of operations at seven youth lockups at the start of the new year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday, arguing that such action was necessary because actions by Arkansas legislators made the services "headed for a government shutdown."
State system often punishes rather than helps, advocacy group’s report says
A new report urges lawmakers to overhaul the state's system for dealing with struggling youths and parents so that it lives up to its name, Families in Need of Services.