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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vilonia cop suspended after complaint of harassment

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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You think Little Rock can get unruly? Check out Viloniaas described in this Log Cabin Democrat article.

Vilonia Officer Steven Carpenter has been suspended for an investigation of complaints that he'd harassed a local teen (allegedly for insulting Carpenter's daughter), roughly handled and threatened to Tase the teen's father, and ordered the teen out of a public subdivision. In one encounter with the teen, Carpenter used the pretext of a suspended license stop to search his vehicle to turn up a leafy substance. In that encounter, the teen reportedly kicked out the window of Carpenter's patrol car while Carpenter struggled with the teen's father.

The family dispute isn't the only investigation.

According to a report taken by FCSO on July 14, the woman claims Carpenter stopped a car she was riding in that morning for a burned-out taillight and asked her and the driver questions about the driver’s boyfriend before ordering her out of the car and fondling her crotch during a pat-down search for weapons. Carpenter told the driver that if she left the scene of the traffic stop he would arrest her for fleeing, and came and went several times in a stop that lasted more than an hour.

... The driver of this car also reported that on July 15 she waved at Carpenter, who arrested her and cited her for disorderly conduct, claiming that she’d made an obscene hand gesture.

The local prosecutor and the State Police have been asked to review the complaints.

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