African-American speakers blast city board | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

African-American speakers blast city board

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Members of Little Rock's African-American community had harsh words for the City Board of Directors tonight, accusing them of insensitivity to their neighborhoods and the crime that besets them.

One woman who identified herself as the founder of a nonprofit organization that helps single parents on the verge of poverty demanded that the entire board step down, and Director Irma Hendrix agreed with her. The woman, whose name sounded like Chenal Smith (names are not spelled out on the TV simulcast), criticized Mayor Stodola for his offhand remark at Saturday's press conference on the shootings at Power Ultra, the Sixth Street club where gunfire broke out around 2:30 a.m. that day, injuring 25 people (three others suffered other injuries in the melee), that the reason no one died was because shooters were a "bad shot." "It was insensitive and unprofessional," Smith said. "Y'all jump when it affects people who look like you."

Another man, who would identify himself only as Brother Larry, said Little Rock was doing nothing to clean up 12th street, which he called a "Hell hole" beset with prostitution and drug dealing. Brother Larry warned the City Board that people in the neighborhood were going to take matters in their own hands: "We'll run them out, we'll shoot them out."

Benny Johnson, head of Stop the Violence, accused the board of being racist, its white members attitude being "Let the Negroes kill each other ... that's the message you all are sending out." He noted that a special police unit was sent out to protect people at "Pops on the River"; "what about pops in the hood?"

The meeting is continuing; Police Chief Kenton Buckner is addressing the board now. He says the Power Ultra entertainment, rapper Finese 2Tymes, is "a person of interest" in the Saturday shooting. It is broadcast on Ch. 99, the public access channel.


Tags: , ,


Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • LIVE LIFE CHILL NOT DEAD DONE GONE

    Contrary to rumor, Live Life Chill, the bar/restaurant in the erstwhile Revolution Taco and Tequila Lounge space at the corner of Cantrell and President Clinton Avenue, is not closed. Service manager Lindsey McFadin called the Times this afternoon to say a rumor the bar had closed was killing business; by 3 p.m., no one had been in. The Times, too, had heard the rumor from a number of sources. What has changed, McFadin said, is that the bar is now only open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
    • Nov 16, 2018
  • New gallery for SoMa: M2

    M2 Gallery, located for 12 years in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, has made the move to 1300 Main St. in the hopping SoMa neighborhood and will hold its Grand (Re)opening from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 30.
    • Nov 16, 2018
  • Entergy agrees to end coal-burning in Arkansas in Sierra Club settlement

    Under a settlement agreement filed in federal court today, Entergy Arkansas has agreed to quit burning coal at its White Bluff plant by the end of 2028, its Independence plant by the end of 2030 and to shutter its remaining operating plant at Lake Catherine by the end of 2027.
    • Nov 16, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    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.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Presidential thriller, co-author Bill Clinton, coming to bookstores in 2018

    June 2018 is the expected publication date for a novel collaboration by former President Bill Clinton and crime writer James Patterson.
    • May 9, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation