Monday, September 21, 2015

Bald Knob police chief resigns; cites family safety

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 3:18 PM

click to enlarge KTHV
  • KTHV

KTHV reports that Bald Knob Police Chief Erek Balentine is resigning out of concern for the safety of his family.

Balentine's pickup was set fire and spray-painted with "2 Amendment" not long after he stirred criticism among many who favor open carry of weapons by arresting a man who wore a holstered handgun into a McDonald's and insisted state law allowed it unless the restaurant had a sign posted to prohibit it. The man was convicted of carrying a weapon and disorderly conduct and plans to appeal the case, perhaps to settle a controversy over exactly what a legislative change did to the open carry law.

Meanwhile, Balentine has had enough. He'd earlier said he didn't suspect the man who was arrested in the torching of his truck. But he told KTHV:

 "I feel that I am bettering the safety of my family and my new born child." If someone could stoop as low enough to burn my truck then I don't want to take that chance to endanger my family. I am officially resigning and my last day will be October 5th. I will continue my support for Bald Knob Police Department and the city. The council has been in support of me from the beginning and I appreciate all of them. I will continue to help Bald Knob everyway that I can and support the New Chiefs Department. I will continue to pursue all cases that I have, including the open carry case."

KATV has posted Balentine's resignation letter.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (33)

Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against Dennis Milligan

    Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
    • Aug 20, 2015
  • Transgender electrician may sue employer over her firing

    Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ruled that Patricia Dawson, a transgender woman, may pursue her lawsuit that she was wrongfully fired by her employer, H & H Electric, because of her sex.
    • Sep 16, 2015
  • 'How to decimate a city' — a big freeway

    Reporting from around the U.S. continues to illustrate the folly of the Arkansas highway department and construction boosters like the chamber of commerce and Vice Mayor Lance Hines in advocating ever wider freeways through the heart of Little Rock. Syracuse, N.Y., is looking for a better way in a debate remarkably similar to the debate about widening Interstate 30 in Little Rock.
    • Nov 20, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation