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Man who sued Little Rock police arrested in June

July 11, 2019

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — A candidate for state representative who has filed a lawsuit against the Little Rock Police Department was arrested after filming a traffic stop in southwest Arkansas.

According to an arrest report, Roderick Talley was charged by Arkansas State Police on June 8 in Hope for impeding traffic, driving with a suspended license and obstructing governmental operations.

First reported by KATV , video shows state trooper Darren Henley conducting a traffic stop on an unrelated vehicle and Talley can be seen filming in the distance. When Henley concludes the traffic stop he tells Talley his vehicle, which is stopped on the right side of the road, is parked illegally.

Talley refused to provide identification, though eventually he provided his name. After Henley checked out Talley’s name, the trooper arrested him for driving on a suspended license.

Throughout the arrest, Talley repeatedly called his detention “illegal” and asserted he was not breaking any laws. He also told Henley he will be elected state representative soon, and that he’ll file a lawsuit against the trooper.

In his arrest report, Henley wrote Talley called him a series of names, including a homophobic slur. Talley, who is black, told the Associated Press that he regretted the slur but felt the white trooper was racist.

Talley said he believed he was arrested for filming the traffic stop, which he did out of concern for the driver of the vehicle, whom he called a young black man. Talley also said that he will fight the charges and that he plans to file a lawsuit.

“It opens people’s eyes to how the system will target you when you stand up for things,” he said.

Talley’s attorney, Mike Laux, declined to comment. Laux previously said that suit had been withdrawn but would be filed later, possibly with more complainants .

In May, Talley said he was running as a Democrat for state representative for the district that includes Little Rock. It was vacated when former Democratic Rep. Charles Blake resigned to become Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott’s chief of staff.

Talley had previously filed a lawsuit against Little Rock’s police department for its use of no-knock warrants after police blew open his apartment door in a raid.

He alleged that police lied on an affidavit, falsely accusing him of selling cocaine, so they could obtain a no-knock warrant.

Officers said they saw an informant buy cocaine from Talley at his apartment, but video footage Talley and his lawyers released from his security system showed that the informant rang Talley’s doorbell and left after no one answered. The security footage shows that police then blew open Talley’s door and arrested him.

Little Rock police announced last month that the department was overhauling its policies for obtaining no-knock warrants, implementing more stringent criteria as well as substantial supervisory approval.

In November, Talley was arrested after arriving late for a court date and attempting to flee sheriff’s deputies. He allegedly hit a Cross County sheriff’s deputy with his car. Talley’s lawyers disputed the accusation, saying the deputy put his hands and torso on the hood of the car and slid off as Talley drove away. That case is awaiting trial.

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