Family of man fatally shot by Little Rock officer seek video
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Relatives of a man who was shot and killed by Little Rock police have demanded the release of all audio and video footage of the shooting and are calling for the State Police to investigate it.
Bradley Blackshire was killed during a Feb. 22 traffic stop, his family said during a news conference Monday.
The family’s attorney, Omavi Shukur, contends that Officer Charles Starks’ actions were “unreasonable and excessive” when he shot 30-year-old Blackshire multiple times, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Police say Starks pulled over Blackshire because he was driving a stolen car. Blackshire stopped the vehicle but later accelerated and struck Starks, who opened fire and shot Blackshire, according to investigators.
The State Police said they won’t consider investigating the shooting unless asked to do so by prosecutors or Little Rock police.
The Little Rock Police Department conducts its own investigations into officer-involved shootings and other misconduct through the professional standards office, interim Chief Wayne Bewley said in a news release Friday.
Starks was has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, in accordance with department policy in officer-involved shootings.
Starks was suspended for 25 days in 2016 as a result of two internal investigations, according to disciplinary records, though specifics about those inquiries have been redacted. Since being hired in 2013, Starks has been disciplined 10 times by the police department.
Blackshire had a pending trial on drug-trafficking charges at the time of the shooting.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com