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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Little Rock Backs-Off Charging Anti-Corruption Bloggers for FOIA Requests

OUTGOING LRPD CHIEF KENTON TREMAR BUCKNER HAD NO RESPECT FOR THE AFOIA

Last week LRPD made a bonehead move by proclaiming that they would only provide responses made under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act ("AFOIA"), by placing the requested public record on a CD or DVD and charge $3.00  for each disc.




As usual, LRPD leadership - specifically, Kenton Tremar Buckner - failed to run this plan by city attorney Tom Carpenter.

Carpenter, who is quick to point out that he is an expert concerning the AFOIA and cites a listing in the acknowledgment of the well-know treatise concerning the AFOIA to back up his claim.






Anyone that regularly makes use of the AFOIA and all public employees should know (Ignorantia juris non excusat) that Section

25-19-105(d)(2)(B) of the AFOIA states a "citizen may request a copy of a

public record in any medium in which the record is readily available or

in any format to which it is readily convertible with the custodian's

existing software."

This provision refers to electronic records and "format" refers to "the organization, arrangement, and form of electronic information for use, viewing, or storage.

The AFOIA requires that "[a]ny computer hardware or software acquired by an [agency]...shall not impede public access to records in electronic form.

So of any citizen or resident makes an AFOIA request to LRPD and states that they want information sent to them in electronic form (pdf is usual form for documents and can be easily emailed at no cost to agency or requester) LRPD should not have any difficulty in doing so.

Likewise, if any citizen or resident makes an AFOIA request to LRPD and states that they want a copy of a video or audio recording, that citizen or resident is permitted to go to LRPD and make a copy of that recording using their own equipment or provide LRPD with a CD or DVD to place the requested recording onto. 

The video software that LRPD uses can export a self-executing file that can be easily copied or transferred onto a thumb or external hard drive at no cost to LRPD or the requester.


It has been a constant struggle to get LRPD to comply with our AFOIA requests and some of the excuses they and the city have given use are ridiculous and unbelievable. Click here, here, here, here  and here for some examples.

As the Arkansas Times stated, LRPD proclaimed  they would charge $3.00 for all FOI responses.

After looking into the matter city attorney Tom Carpenter stated that LRPD would only be permitted to charge 58 cents per disc, not the $3.00 per disc.

Matt Campbell, attorney and publisher of Blue Hog Report wrote about how LRPD ill-advised plan would subject them to a lawsuit and he sent a FOI request for information concerning LRPD's cost of discs.



Campbell found that the actual cost per disc was actually 24 cents for a CD and .32 cents for a DVD. 


You can read all Campbell's posts about the LRPD's FOI Fiasco by clicking here, here and here.

The publisher of this blog and the publisher of Corruption Sucks blog were not charged anything for FOI requests LRPD fulfilled after they made their ill-advised proclamation about FOI response charges.



Were we not charged because they know we would contest the charge and file legal action if necessary? You bet your ass that is the reason.

Will they charge others. You bet your ass they will.

If anyone makes a FOI request to LRPD and is charged, get in contact with you and let us know.


We are in the process of publishing a simple guide entitled How to Make Successful  Freedom of Information Act Requests in Arkansas and Not Spend Any Funds  and will make it available for downloading once it is all put together.

Until then, this is the template we use for all out AFOIA requests. Feel free to use it.




Sunday, February 4, 2018

10 Things You Need to Know About LRPD Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner

KENTON TREMAR BUCKNER - LITTLE ROCK POLICE CHIEF (2014-2018*)
*If Buckner does not get the job in Charleston, word is his days are numbered here. 
As a public service to the citizens of Charleston, SC we offer 10 things you need to know about the individual that the citizens of Little Rock hope and pray is your next police chief.

1. Kenton Tremar Buckner believes that the majority of crime is caused by people of color in Little Rock. He said the exact same thing when he was an assistant chief in Louisville, KY.


Buckner's comment drew the ire of the Racial Diversity & Cultural Commission. Buckner had a contentious meeting with them and demanded a letter grade. 

They gave him a 'F". Click here and here for details.

2. Kenton Tremar Buckner believes that his decisions are not to be questioned by anyone, including city leadership and if they do so it is "dangerous".

3. Kenton Tremar Buckner believes that laws do not apply to himself or police officers.


Buckner does not believe in giving any law enforcement officer a ticket for speeding or causing an accident while on or off duty.  Click here for details.

When an LRPD officer was captured by a security camera urinating in the open street, Buckner thought it was acceptable.  Click here for details.


4. Kenton Tremar Buckner is not a safe driver.

Buckner has wrecked his city issued ride at least twice. Both accidents were his  fault. Click here for details.
5. Kenton Tremar Buckner does not believe in open records or transparency.


LRPD routinely refuses to provide documents or video recordings when requested pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. It is only after threatening to take legal action (there is a section of the AFOIA that permits the filing of legal action for denial of rights under the AFOIA) that they relent and provide the documents. Click here and here for details

6. Kenton Tremar Buckner is a hypocrite.

(a) Buckner has questioned the need for black officers in Little Rock to have and belong to the Black Police Officers Association. The BPOA is highly critical of Buckner and did not want him hired as police chief.  Yet he uses Little Rock tax dollars to maintain memberships and attend conferences for the  National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives ("NOBLE") and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators ("NFBPA"). Click here for details.


(b) Buckner suspended an officer that was seen talking with a former classmate.  Unknown to the officer her former classmate had a felony record - a fact she was not aware of.  LRPD has a policy about hanging out with felons and sketchy characters. Yet Buckner is often seen with a convicted sex offender at many civic functions. Click here for details.

7. Kenton Tremar Buckner likes fancy cars.
BUCKNER'S PERSONAL PIMP RIDES
Buckner has two personal vehicles. A 2000 Mercedes-Benz and a 1966 Cadillac.  We question Buckner's use/misuse of his city provided ride when he has two pimp rides he could use to go to church, to go eat lunch on weekends and after work, and to go bar hopping to get shots of Bourbon or run personal errands.We suspect Buckner is too cheap to purchase his own gas. Certainly with the frequency he causes accidents it's nice to pass the cost of insurance claim payouts to the city's insurance carrier.  And with no citations issued his own insurance company has no idea that he had been the cause of accidents so they can raise his rates as he is a risk.

8. Kenton Tremar Buckner is a liar.  


(a) Buckner said that "disagreement is a sign of healthy communication", however he blocks individuals that have conflicting viewpoints from his own from posting on department social media sites. Click here for details.

In Q&A with Buckner from the summer of 2015 he said this about use of social media:

Reporter: Somebody told us that you've been big about getting Facebook likes on the LRPD Facebook page. Is social media a part of that puzzle of community policing?

Buckner: Sure it is, because whoever told you that thought it was important enough for you to know that. It's certainly important to us. We feel like social media is a viable means for us to get out our message. We're no longer 100 percent dependent on the media to tell the story for the Little Rock Police Department. We want to connect with people via social media. Many people, particularly young folks, use social media as their communication avenue, and we want to make sure we're putting things out through those avenues so people can see what's going on in their community, people can see what's going on with their police department, people can see things that they can engage with, whether it's some kind of initiative [such as] when we did the [KTHV, Channel 11] cereal drive [for the Arkansas Foodbank]. We put things out there like that. When you can reach almost 15,000 people on Facebook, and they in turn turn around and send it to other folks they know, now we're beginning to spread the word other than, maybe, just seeing me in a news conference or something that's in the paper. We can do that at our leisure, rather than just waiting on someone to come here and do the story when they think it's good for them.

(b) When the city of Little Rock was experiencing record high numbers of homicides and violent crimes,  Buckner was asked by members of the city Board of Directors if he thought his department could benefit from assistance from the Arkansas State Police,  he vehemently pushed back.  Buckner did not tell the truth in that he had asked the Arkansas State just two days before his appearance before the board. Click here for details.

9.  Kenton Tremar Buckner is careless with weapons.

(a) Buckner lost a city issued handgun and cannot explain how it happened. It later was found in possession of a felon and would not provide information as to how it came into his possession.  Smells of shenanigans.



(b) Buckner left a handgun in his city issued SUV and it was discovered when employees of city fleet services picked it up from police HQ for servicing and cleaning (it was found under the drivers seat according to sources). Fleet services notified Buckner and he had them immediately bring it back to him and told them to not say anything about the gun being left in the SUV.

10. Kenton Tremar Buckner likes to travel using public funds.
BUCKNER LIKES TO SCARF DOWN ON SNACKS WHEN TRAVELING
While employed by the city of Little Rock, Buckner spent $10,865.35 per year traveling and attending seminars. Click here for details.

In 2017, as things were falling apart at the seams at LRPD, Buckner used $14,000.00 in public funds to attend a leadership school at Harvard to boost his resume to make him more attractive to a potential employer, like the city of Charleston.


We could have titled this post 100 things you need to know about Kenton Tremar Buckner, but you get the point with these 10.
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Things that Kenton Tremar Buckner does not want you to know.

Buckner has objections to Little Rock police officers having facial hair even though he sported a butt-hole tickler mustache when on the Louisville KY police force.


A persistent allegation from LRPD personnel is that Buckner once called for assistance from an officer, the son of an assistant police chief, to remove handcuffs from his arm at his residence.

Buckner has failed to address this allegation or respond to requests for a response.

Buckner used the LRPD Facebook page as his own personal page and posted comments about where he was attending church services or eating a meal.



Buckner would not issue tickets to a police Chaplin for having fictitious tags (the Texas plate) on his car and parking in a handicapped spot with no handicap license plate or hang tag near LA Fitness.


Buckner has a temper and frequently makes snippy comments about individuals that have upset him. Recently, an individual was in city manager Bruce Moore's office and Moore called Buckner to check on a matter.  The individual could hear Buckner screaming at his boss Moore through the telephone handset.  One wonders what Buckner has on Moore to not be reprimanded of fired for such a display of insubordination.  

#TimeForChange #CleanOutLRCityHall #ByeByeBuckner 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

TURMOIL AT LITTLE ROCK POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DUE TO FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP - BLAME RESTS WITH CITY MANAGER BRUCE MOORE AND LRPD CHIEF KENTON TREMAR BUCKNER

YOU CAN THANK THESE TWO FOR THE PROBLEMS AT THE LITTLE ROCK POLICE DEPARTMENT

The crisis that the city of Little Rock is experiencing has just expanded exponentially.


2017 was a year that the city saw unmatched violence and a homicide rate that matched the Banging in the Rock days. 


Troubled City Manager Bruce "Home Wrecker" Moore saw no problems tossing away $10,000 to two LRPD recruits that walked away with his no-strings-attached $5k bonus within six months on the job.

IT APPEARS MOORE HAS A FETISH FOR MARRIED WOMEN
Moore also wasted over $14,000 sending the befouled police chief Buckner to Harvard for a month-long class on leadership.  Perhaps some civic-minded individual will file an illegal exaction suit. 





LRPD showed a marked defiance for the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and transparency in their repeated lack of cooperation in complying with open records act requests.

LRPD targeted the homeless and set up 24/7 video surveillance of a religious organization that provides services the city refuses to provide our large homeless population. 

LRPD sees nothing wrong with not enforcing laws against LRPD officers that violate the law - no tickets for speeding or causing accidents while on or off duty and openly pissing in the street.

Buckner was dishonest and lied to the Little Rock Board of Directors in at the July 5, 2017 when Director Lance Hines asked Buckner about getting help from the ASP patrolling areas of the city. Buckner rejected that idea.




This lie was revealed when we obtained information from the Arkansas State Police that Buckner spoken with the ASP Director on July 1st about obtaining assistance from the state police.





LRPD recruits and veteran officers were called out for questionable posts on social media and LRPD administration royally screwed up their handing of that mucky mess.

After that firing, more recruits and officers were found to have questionable content on their social media accounts. We posted about that here and here.









The Arkansas Times, in a recent post on their Arkansas Blog  points out the blatant and obvious biases that exists within the LRPD. 



The Arkansas Times is certainly on the right track when it comes to Buckner, but Bad City of Little Rock & Corruption Sucks blogs have gone quite a bit further to point out his hypocrisy. 

As soon as Buckner landed in Little Rock after Moore hired him, he was quoted in the media that he saw no need for a Little Rock Black Police Officers Association, insinuating that heyr were redundant and all police officer should join the white dominated Fraternal Order of Police.  He also managed to plant his own foot right up into his corrupt ass when he stated that ashe duplicitously uses our tax dollars to maintain memberships and attend conferences for the  National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives ("NOBLE") and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators ("NFBPA"). 

What's wrong with the National Association of Chiefs of Police K.T.?  Do you believe that the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives can better represent you? 

The publishers of this blog and the publishers of Corruption Sucks blog warned Buckner and city leadership the slippery slope they were headed down by caving in and firing the black recruit that complained about the racist posts of the white recruit.


This warning was not heeded and now LRPD and city leadership is facing a shit storm and more bad publicity due to the mess they have gotten themselves into.

An additional problem for LRPD and the city was revealed this past week - a major investigation by the Department of Justice - one that has been going on since last summer.

It also came out last week that LRPD has fires a third recruit for the class that will graduate next month - Katina "Pug" Jones.

Turns out that after the Black Police Officers Association ("BPOA") complained about the white recruits racist social media post they directed all recruits (perhaps all other officers as well) to scrub their social media accounts.

Apparently Recruit Jones failed to remove some posts she made when she was 16 years old (see the images above) and that got her shit-canned.

Add into the mix the unreasonable 10 day suspicion of Sgt. Willie Davis, an officer that has a stellar record with the department, and is held in high regard by most all the citizens of Little Rock for his work with the O.K. program.

Davis and the BPOA has pissed off beleaguered Chief Buckner by making valid complaints about the way he runs the department, complaints that Buckner has admitted he dismissed as having no merit. 

The day of reckoning for Moore and Buckner is fast approaching as concerned citizens are tired of their flapping tongues and insincere utterances.

Take a look at a recent public forum where Moore and Buckner came under fire.



At city board meetings last year when beleaguered Chief Buckner was there to address concerns with the sky-rocking murder rate and incessant almost daily shooting, Buckner told directors and the public that "we cannot police away crime in Little Rock", and saturation patrols in areas where violent crimes were occurring "would not work" and "might be a violation of individuals rights".  

Then a few months later that all changed. Buckner and city leadership claimed having more officers on the street was reducing crime and that "constructive contacts" a/k/a saturation patrols were also making a difference.

What really happened was that all the juveniles that were involved in violent crimes were back in school, hence the slacking off of incidents.



Both Moore and Buckner should be immediately removed from their positions for their maleficence.  

They need to go for the good of the city.

We need changes in leadership to get the city on back track and solve the problems our current failed leadership has caused.

#TimeForChange #CleanOutLRCityHall

Friday, January 26, 2018

LRPD SUSPENDS BPOA VICE PRESIDENT WILLIE DAVIS OVER COMPLAINT OF RACIST POST BY RECRUIT - BIAS

LRPD SUSPENDS BPOA VICE PRESIDENT WILLIE DAVIS OVER COMPLAINT OF RACIST POST BY RECRUIT - BIAS SHOWN IN HANDLING OF SIMILAR COMPLAINTS REGARDING QUESTIONABLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS OF OTHER RECRUITS AND OFFICERS

SGT WILLIE DAVIS - TARGETED BY HYPOCRITICAL CHIEF KENTON TREMAR BUCKNER

LRPD has suspended Sgt. Willie Davis for ten days because he, and the Black Police Officers Association, made a complaint about racist social media posts of a LRPD recruit instead of reporting it to a supervisor and he re-posted a image/meme of kneeling athletes on his personal Facebook page. 

THIS IS THE IMAGE SGT. DAVIS POSTED ON HIS PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE


If the BPOA had not written that letter and it had not been made public, LRPD would have swept the entire matter of the racist recruit under the carpet and we would have never known about it.
  
That recruit and another were fired over use of the term "nigga".

We were contacted several weeks ago by the girlfriend of one of the fired recruits, Brandon Gurley. She and Gurley provided us with copies of posts that other current recruits made that used the "n" word.  She advised us that she had mad a complaint to the Little Rock Police Department.

One recruit is Katina "Pug" Jones.



    
Another is Kreshun King.




How many other recruits had similar message on their social media accounts?
Here are their names, take a look for yourself, but we expect that their social media accounts have been scrubbed or deleted.



We sent a FOI request to LRPD about complaints made about recruits social media accounts.





This is what they sent. It was non-responsive to our request. We wanted copies of the actual complaints.




But in their response, they included information about Sgt. Davis.  According to Davis, LRPD never advised him that they were sending this information to us in response to and FOI request about the LRPD recruit class.  Notification is required under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.  But LRPD thinks that laws don't apply to them

Why were Katina "Pug" Jones and Kreshun King not fired like recruits Brandon Schiefelbein and Brandon Gurley were? There posts were of the the same nature of the ones that resulted in both Schiefelbein and Gurley termination.

The actions against Sgt. Davis were pure retaliation.  

Davis has been a long time critic of beleaguered LRPD Police Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner.

Take a look at the story the Arkansas Times posted on their blog today.

They also interviewed Sgt. Davis for another story about LRPD's uses of saturation patrols and unwarranted traffic stops and pointed out Sgt. Davis' criticism of Buckner.



It must be pointed out that Buckner tired to shut down the much lauded O.K. program that Sgt. Davis in involved with.



City leadership would not let that happen. They did not want Buckner to shut it down like he did the C.O.P. program.

Buckner has also been told the media that he does not see the need for the Black Police Officer Association as we have the Fraternal Order of The Police.

Buckner is a hypocrite in that he uses our tax dollars to maintain memberships and attend conferences for the  National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives ("NOBLE") and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators ("NFBPA"). 

This is an example of why the BPOA, and most of Little Rock's citizens,  have little trust or respect for the hypocritical, befouled police chief.

Buckner and other high ranking officers flaunt the departmental rules they use to punish officer like Sgt. Davis.

Buckner often hangs around a convicted felon and sexual offender, yet he took action against Officer Latrice Williams when she was seen talking to a former classmate that she did not know had been convicted of a felony.

Buckner appears to have taken no action against Officer Zeb Tyler who on his Facebook page accused the Mayor and City Manager of theft of public funds. 



Tyler also stated that the way to deal with Muslims is genocide.



He never responded to our emails about Tyler.






We understand that Sgt. Davis is appealing his disciplinary action to the Civil Service Commission.

That hearing will be packed with supporters of Sgt. Davis and we will there with  them.

#CleanOutLRCItyHall #TimeForChange.

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