The shooting on East 8th Street remains under investigation by police and prosecutors. The only information released so far is a bare police report that says Hutchins and another unnamed officer responded to a call that Richards had been in a dispute with another man, identified in police reports as his uncle Derrell Underwood (identified on the video as Darrell Underwood). Hutchins said he shot Richards because Richards had a "long gun" pointed at the back of Underwood. Our sources have confirmed it was a pellet, or BB, rifle.
The article is based on a video made by Black Lives Matter of Little Rock and posted on YouTube. In it, Richards' uncle said he'd been holding Richards on the ground, but let him go when a neighbor said police had arrived. He acknowledged the nephew's weapon, but said he told his nephew, "What are you going to do with that beside make me mad?" He said he then walked into his house and locked the door behind him. He said he was standing in a hallway in the house when he heard gunshots and that another man was with him.
“When Roy got shot, I was in the house,” Underwood says in the video. “I didn't hear the police say anything."
The video includes recording of calls to the police, including one from his uncle saying he just wanted his nephew away from his house. The video suggests only four seconds elapsed in the recording of a female neighbor's call to police between the time of an excited male voice and shots being fired.
Black Lives Matter wants an independent investigation of the shooting.
A federal jury has awarded $415,000 in damages in the civil lawsuit against Josh Hastings, a former Little Rock police officer, in the 2012 slaying of Bobby Moore, a suspect in car burglaries at a West Little Rock apartment complex. /more/
The Little Rock Police Department has identified Jonathan Gonzalez, a member of the force since June 2015, as the officer who fatally shot a man after he reportedly rammed cars in a motel parking lot when officers tried to arrest him on multiple warrants. /more/
KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery. UPDATE: The shooting was fatal. /more/
Federal Judge Brian Miller has affirmed his decision to dismiss the city of Little Rock and former Police Chief Stuart Thomas as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the mother of Bobby Moore, killed by then-Office Josh Hastings in 2012. /more/
The State Police have issued a minor clarification in what appears to be an effort to soothe an enraged Sen. Jason Rapert, exposed here as overly excited about both a Conway parking lot question from a constituent as well as some inflammatory Internet rhetoric that he's interpreted as a dire threat on his life. State cops took his reports seriously, they say. But in the end, they found nothing actionable.
Arkansas Business reports here on a federal court filing Wednesday that shows a second person has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to help a major contractor of the state Department of Human Services.
Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta has been elected leader of the House Democratic Caucus, the minority party. He succeeds Rep. Eddie Armstrong of North Little Rock. He's a farmer and small business owner.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas. He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
Calls for an investigation followed the execution of Kenneth Williams in Arkansas Thursday night. Body movement, sounds, labored breathing and a moan indicated something was amiss to several witnesses, though supporters of the death penalty called the movements "involuntary" and termed the killing "flawless."
Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.