On June 9, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the creation of a task force that will not only “study and analyze the best practices and procedures for recruiting, training, and maintaining law enforcement officers in Arkansas,” but will also recommend to the Governor ways to enhance the trust between communities and their law enforcement agencies. The task force was created in response to the flood of protestors seeking reform within law enforcement after George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer.
The task force will be comprised of many individuals including several citizen activists such as Jimmy Warren of Conway, Emma Davis of Van Buren, and Layla Holloway also of Van Buren. The force will also be chaired by Fred Witherspoon, who is the Deputy Director of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. Governor Hutchinson stated that “this is not going to be a static task force. It’s going to be dynamic. It’s going to be listening to the community. It’s going to be addressing the serious issues that we’ve seen reflected across the country.’
What are some of the other responsibilities of the task force?
- “Review the adequacy of law enforcement training, policy, and operations, specifically related to cultural, racial, and community relations.”
- Review the current procedures that are being utilized to hold officers accountable when they do not meet standards.
- Come up with recommendations for the Governor on the improvements or changes that need to be made to “enhance the profession of law enforcement” to ensure they are in compliance with all standards.
- “Study and analyze the effectiveness and sustainability of community policing efforts, including the impact of law enforcement officers living in the communities in which they are policing.”
The task force is expected to submit a final report to Governor Hutchinson no later than December 31, 2020. After that, task force members shall be relieved of their duties.
Police Reform Starts with Your Speaking Out
Aside from protesting or calling on local lawmakers to make changes within your community’s police department, you can also hire a police misconduct lawyer to recognize an officer or department in Arkansas that has violated standards and/or your Constitutional rights. The more light that is shed on police misconduct, the more likely something will be done to combat it. While joining protestors and contacting lawmakers can certainly help, it is important that you obtain the justice you deserve for the harm that been inflicted upon you.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with an Arkansas police brutality lawyer to discuss the ways in which they can help you hold an officer liable for harming you, contact USAttorneys.com today.