Monday, January 12, 2015

UPDATE: Richardson on DWI — 'wrong,' apologizes

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:42 PM

click to enlarge 'I WAS WRONG...' Kenneth Richardson on DWI arrest.
  • 'I WAS WRONG...' Kenneth Richardson on DWI arrest.
City Director Kenneth Richardson has released a copy of a letter he sent to Mayor Mark Stodola and city directors today about his arrest for DWI Saturday night.

He said he was "wrong" for his actions and apologized. He said he had no excuses and made a series of mistakes. He said he was "eternally grateful" no one was harmed. He said he'd hurt relationships, damaged trust and damaged his own reputation. He said he intended to work to repair the damage. He said he would "get the help I need." He asked for forgiveness, prayers and patience as he started a "long journey" out of a "valley of darkness."

The letter follows:

Earlier today:

Rev. Benny Johnson, president of Arkansas Stop the Violence, issued a statement of support last night for City Director Kenneth Richardson, arrested by Little Rock police Saturday night on a DWI charge.

I hope everyone is having or has had a blessed weekend. We the members of Arkansas Stop the Violence Movement thoughts and prayers goes out to City Director Ken Richardson. He has been very instrumental in supporting black on black crime issues in the city of Little Rock and has spear headed the revitalization of the 12th St. corridor and also helps in trying to help improve the crime rate in the 12th St. corridor area. We are not only 100% behind City Director Ken Richardson, we are 1000% behind him. We are still looking to work with him in the future.

Also today: Police said they would not release dash cam video of the arrest because it was part of an open investigation. Other police agencies have releaed such footage ahead of completion of cases, I believe. 

Also, Mothers Against Drunk Driving issued a statement about the arrest that said, in part:

We are saddened any time we hear that someone has made the choice to drive drunk — especially a city official, who may been seen as a role model — since more than 10,000 people die and another 290,000 are injured each year as a result of drunk driving crashes. For 2013, 123 of those deaths were in Arkansas alone (25% of all state traffic fatalities).

We expect individuals to take responsibility for their own actions. There is no longer an excuse for people to drive drunk when there are so many options available to designate a non-drinking driver if your plans include alcohol. 

UPDATE: LRPD released today a batch of records about Richardson interaction with police (including reports of a theft on his property, for example) that showed he had a DWI in 1991.

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