|Corruption Blogger Ean Bordeaux|
Bordeaux is the proprietor of the Corruption Sucks blog http://corruptionsucks.blogspot.com , a webpage dedicated to exposing corruption in the Little Rock local government and in the state government of Arkansas. At about 4:30 a.m. on Friday April 18th 2014, Ean awoke to find the hot dog cart he operates for a living in flames.
“I looked outside and my hot dog cart’s on fire,” he told KARK. The cart operated on propane tanks, which, Bordeaux said, “could have blown up the house.”
He called 911, then ran outside in a bathrobe to put out the blaze. That was when he noticed a heavyset man in a mask running away.
Bordeaux was too busy trying to put out the flames then, he said, but about 15 minutes later, the man in the mask came back. The blogger watched from inside his house as the masked man tried to restart the fire.
Running outside again, Bordeaux said, he tackled the man as he tried to flee, hoping to hold him until police arrived.
Payne hit the pavement face-first, however, and died from his injuries. Bordeaux said his only desire had been to immobilize the perpetrator and hand him over to authorities.
He quickly realized, however, that the dead man was former LRPD officer Joel “Creepy Todd” Payne, who was fired from the force in 2010 for multiple violations, including a DUI crash in which Payne attempted to leave the scene, incidences of witness intimidation, lying to superiors and dereliction of duty.
Bordeaux had written extensively about Payne & his corrupt River market partners at Corruption Sucks, and believes that the former cop was attempting to strike back at him for exposing his crimes.
Ean Bordeaux says he chased and tackled the former officer, Todd Payne, back in April after Payne allegedly tried to set Bordeaux's hot dog cart on fire.
Payne died from his injuries after the altercation.
The Pulaski County prosecutor says there is no evidence Bordeaux intended to kill Payne.
"This has affected our whole lives. This has dominated our whole lives. I mean everything we do is colored by this and will be for the rest of our lives in one way or another. What it's caused us to do is reflect on what is important here," said Bordeaux.
"It's encouraging that the process can work sometimes. And in this case it did."
Bordeaux has said he never intended to hurt Payne, only hold him until police arrived.