Family of man shot by LRPD claims cruiser dashcam video confirms their account – Arkansas News

Family of man shot by LRPD claims cruiser dashcam video confirms their account – Arkansas News


Attorneys for the family of a man killed by a Little Rock Police Department officer in October 2016 say that a video released to the media yesterday, shot from a dashcam in the officer’s cruiser, both proves the family’s account of the shooting and shows that the LRPD didn’t fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act when the family requested all materials related to the case. Attorneys for the family say the video was not included in materials released to them following a recent FOIA request.

Roy Lee Richards, 46, who lived in apartments on Green Mountain Drive, was killed on October 25, 2016, after officers responded to a disturbance call at 514 E. 8th St. When officers arrived, the report filed at the time said, they saw Richards chasing his uncle, Derrell Underwood, 53, with a “long gun.” LRPD officer Dennis Hutchins shot Richards, reportedly with an LRPD-issued AR-15 assault rifle. According to the report, Underwood told police that he and Richards had engaged in an argument that became a physical fight, with bystanders calling the police. Richards’ rifle turned out to be a pellet gun.

The LRPD account was almost immediately contradicted, with Underwood telling activists with the Little Rock chapter of Black Lives Matter that he wasn’t in danger when the shots were fired. In a videotaped statement later posted to YouTube, Underwood said that when the police arrived, he went into his house, locked the door, and had gone to the back room of the house to wake up a sleeping relative when he heard the gunshots…

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