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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Houma-Choctaw Endorse Activist Blogger Russ Racop for LR City Board of Dirs.



Russ Racop for Little Rock Board of Directors,
addressed the Little Rock Board of Directors at the October 2, 2017 meeting about the Rock Region Metro wanting to hire a 2nd public relations position to teach people 'how to ride the bus'. LOL



WHO IS RUSS RACOP?

Russ Racop is a political outsider that publishes several blogs that expose and document misdeeds and misadventures of local, county, state and federal agencies and their employees in Arkansas.

Russ was born in Little Rock and graduated from Parkview High School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.

Russ has held positions with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (Family Service Worker and DCFS County Supervisor as well as a Fraud Investigator in their Office of Chief Counsel) and with Regions and Iberiabank (Assistant Vice President in their Corporate Security Departments).

Russ believes that all citizens of Little Rock deserve to have honest and credible leadership that holds employees in city government accountable for their actions.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DHS Lawyer Blatantly Violates State FOI Laws

DHS ATTORNEY IS IGNORANT OF THE ARKANSAS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND DENIES ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORD UPON DEMAND

READ ABOUT: Little Rock's Newest Corrupt Police Chief Kenton Buckner

DHS ATTORNEY LANICA WOODLEY (L) AND LEGAL SECRETARY DARLINE CARPENTER (R)



DHS attorney Janica Woodley is no legal scholar and was probably not in the top of her class in law school. We feel extremely comfortable in making that pronouncement as she denied the publisher of this blog his rights under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Ignorantia juris non excusat.

We sent FOI requests to DHS concerning two former employees. Neither employee objected to our request, nor did they or DHS request an opinion form the Arkansas Attorney General regarding our request.


DHS mouthpiece Brandi Hinkle provided responses, however the response to the request regarding Doris Wright, a Director on the Little Rock Board of Directors did not contain information regarding her departure from that agency even thought that was specifically listed in the request.

BRANDI HINKLE

Additionally, DHS had not responded to questions regarding Farrar and her criminal past.

So the publisher went to the DHS main office and 7th & Main and asked to view the files he had requested to see if documents had been overlooked and to obtain additional documents about Farrar and the data breach. You can read our post about Farrar and the data breach by clicking here.

The guard at the front desk had no idea who to call about somone walking in and asking to inspect public records under the AFOIA, so the publisher suggest he call the Office of Chief Counsel. 

So after a few minutes, the publisher was approached by Janice Woodsley and her assistant Darline Carpenter.

According the state transparency website, Woodsley is a Managing Attorney (she only identified herself as a "privacy officer") and Carpenter is a legal support specialist.


  
The brief conversation was captured on a digital recorder and take a listen to what transpired.



Woodley should be ashamed of herself for making such an incredibly stupid statement as she did.


When a request is made in person, the FOIA contemplates that the records will be made available immediately unless they are in active use or storage.


Section 25-19-105(a)(1)(A) states that "all public records shall be open to inspection and copying... during the regular business hours of the custodian of the records."  Under subsection (d)(1), "reasonable comforts and facilities" must be provided for the requester. 

And under subsection (e), a specific date must be set for inspection within three working days if the record is "in active use or storage and, therefore, not available at the time a citizen asks to examine it."

Woodsley simply stated that the request to inspect documents in person was not permissible and turned around and walked off.

THE TRUTH WAS NOT THE ONLY THING WOODSLEY WAS STRETCHING.

Woodsley has exposed herself and DHS to public ridicule and a potential lawsuit regarding denial of rights under the AFOIA. 

Stay tuned for updates.

TWO ROOKIE OFFICERS THAT RECEIVED $5K BONUS AND QUIT IDENTIFIED - ONE WAS TOP OF CLASS AND AWARD WINNER.

TWO ROOKIE OFFICERS THAT RECEIVED $5K BONUS AND QUIT IDENTIFIED - ONE WAS TOP OF CLASS AND AWARD WINNER.


NATHAN LEE - TOP RECRUIT AND ONE OF TWO OFFICERS TO QUIT AND WALK AWAY WITH $5K FREE & CLEAR IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATING
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On or about February 3, 2017 City Manager Bruce Moore decided that in order to attract recruits for the struggling Little Rock Police Department, the city would give recruits that completed basic training a $5,000.00 signing bonus. He also decided that the first group of recruits to receive it would be the ones graduating that day.

MOORE DISCUSSING HOW HE GO THE IDEA FOR THE BONUS

"Some very good news for you.  It is my pleasure to announce that each of you will receive a $5,000 check from me for because of your successful completion of your training," said Moore. 


Well, that check was not really from Moore and the money did not come from his personal bank account, it was public funds from the taxpayers that was budgeted for salaries for the budgeted but unfilled 60 to 70 police officer positions.

"I did some research across the country and saw these signing bonuses and thought, this is what we're going to do," said Moore to reporters after the ceremony.


LRPD posted this on their Facebook page at around 2:55 p.m. that same day.




We know the exact time as they edited the post.



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Officer Nathan Lee was the top recruit in the class and was a featured speaker at the ceremony.  Lee was presented with a symbolic check for the class and then like it one that bore his name. The other that graduated also received one of the big checks as well. Moore is never one to miss a photo opportunity.



MOORE AND LEE POSE FOR A PUBLICITY PHOTO


EACH GRADUATING RECRUIT RECEIVED A BIG CHECK FOR A PUBLICITY PHOTO


You can view a television news report about the ceremony  and "surprise" bonus payments. It is important to note that Moore states that the $5k is a "bonus." That will be important a little later.


Not everyone was happy with Moore's decision to issues the bonus. FOP president John Gilchrist was concerned about existing officers that not received raises or any type of bonus in several years.


Gilchrist told reporters that the biggest concern officer had is that in two contract negotiation attempts the city told the FOP that there was no money for raises.

Gilchrist also raised concerns that there were no stipulations about receiving the $5k and if one of the new officers left the next day they could take the $5k and run.

That is exactly what happened,but it was not the next day, it was less than six months later.

The first officer to leave was Samuel Ringgold. He quit for personal reason on 
May 24, 2017, just a little over three months after receiving the $5k bonus.




Officer Ringgold quit three months after completing his training and becoming a LRPD officer.

According to records from CLEST. Ringgold did not go to work for any other law enforcement agency. 
  
Then on August 11, 2017, top recruit Nathan Lee quit, also for personal reasons.


Lee had just been awarded an award in July by the Little Rock Civitan Club for being the top recruit and best shot on the range.



We don't know why Lee quit, but it was not for another position in law enforcement. Records obtained from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards & Training ("CLEST").


We had some difficulty initially in  getting the city to cooperate with our FOI request. 

Then Officer Lee told the city attorney Tom Carpenter he didn't care if we obtained his information and they sent it on. Carpenter stated that City Manager Bruce Moore had sent a letter to the Arkansas Attorney General requesting an opinion about their releasing information about the officers and the bonus.



You can view the Attorney General's response to Moore by clicking here.
Remember back a few paragraphs above we told you to remember that Moore call the $5k a "bonus"? Here is why. Moore claimed in his letter to the Attorney General that the $5k was not a bonus, but was incentive pay. Liar, liar pants on fire.  Watch that video clip again and see if you don't agree that Moore is a liar.



In that FOI request we also asked for policy or procedures regarding the $5k bonus/incentive. Guess what? No policy or procedures exist and there are no requirements that recruits have to remain on the jon a set period of time to keep the bonus.


Most agencies or private companies that hand out bonus or incentive monies have specific requirements regarding issuance of the funds.

For City Manager to not have a written policy or procedure in place before issuing such is pure maleficence. And not having a permanent source of funding for them in a budget is unconscionable and poor management. 

Robbing Peter to pay Paul, by using funds set aside for salaries for unfilled positions is a step towards insolvency and ruin.

Changes are needed at city hall and the mayor, city manager (and others) need to removed from office and replaced by competent, credible individuals.

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Take a look at this LRPD recruit class #85 video. The highlight is the recruits getting ti experience what it feels like to be shot by a Taser.



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Also check out what Max Brantley with the Arkansas Times had to say about this.






***UPDATE 9/23/17***

A reader sent an email advising us that Lee quit to attend law school. Guess we know how he paid for part of his first semester's tuition. Hope he doubles down on the ethics classes.

In an interview on February 3, 2017,  then Officer Lee, the top recruit in his class said he's ready for the challenges ahead...

"I think for a lot of us it's something we've always wanted to do [police work] despite kind of how things are going on in the world right now.  We all just see it as an opportunity to do what we're called to do and give back to our community," said Officer Lee.

With extra cash in their pocket, Lee says they're looking ahead, ready to overcome obstacles and put their training to work.

"None of us were expecting it.  It was a big blessing.  I think we were all totally shocked whenever we heard the news," said Officer Lee.

Maybe that call to Lee to be a cop was a misdial as he quit just months after graduating. 

Maybe Lee should give that $5k back.  Just a thought.

City Mgr. Caught Between Truth & Lies RE LRPD Signing Bonus FUBAR



BREAKING INVESTIGATION: 

Mr. Moore,

With your $10k mistake with those two white rookie officers and the $5k signing bonus, can you explain why you did not establish conditions for the receipt of that signing bonus? Have conditions since been established? Are you planning on setting conditions to avoid further mishaps?

Also, in your letter to the Arkansas Attorney General requesting an opinion about my FOI request, you stated that the funds given to the officers were “not a signing bonus” yet on February 3, 2017 you stated in interviews that they were indeed a signing bonus. Can you explain this?

If you have trouble recollecting your remarks, you can see video in my post about this matter. http://badlittlerock.blogspot.com/2017/09/two-officers-that-received-5k-bonus-and.html


Russ Racop, Definite Candidate for Ward 6 position on the Little Rock Board of Directors.
Publisher:
badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.combadattorneysinark.blogspot.com

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Under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act § 25-19-101 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records regarding:

  1. Little Rock Police officers that have be given a $5000.00 signing bonus and left employment with the city since 2014.
  2. Copies of the F4 forms regarding these officers submitted by LRPD to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (“CLEST”).
  3. Policy and or procedures regarding the signing bonus.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $10.00.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the Arkansas State Police, its operations and effect of decisions on the citizens of Arkansas. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

Under 105(e), an agency has three business days to respond where (1) a public record is in active use or storage AND (2) the record is therefore not available at the time a citizen asks to examine it. Thus, even if a record is in active use or storage, it must still be provided more or less immediately upon request if it is not unavailable to the custodian.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records

I am requesting that the information requested be supplied to me in electronic form and sent via email to russracop@att.net.

Please note that § A.C.A. 25-19-105 (e) (4) states that If it is necessary to separate exempt from nonexempt information in order to permit a citizen to inspect, copy, or obtain copies of public records, the custodian shall bear the cost of the separation.

Also reference Arkansas Attorney General’s Opinion No. 2010-140 regarding a state agency must bear the cost associated with redactions no matter the size or amount of documents involved.  And this matter is also addressed in Watkins, J., et al., "The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act" (5th ed.), at p. 286 ("Moreover, the agency cannot pass on to the requester the cost of redacting exempt portions of a record containing other material that is open to the public.").

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law

Russ Racop
Publisher:

Chief Ean Lee Bordeaux
Twitter@CorruptionBlog
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West Feliciana Houma-Choctaw Tribe

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carpenter, Tom <TCarpenter@littlerock.gov>
Date: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 2:21 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Requests
To: "russracop@att.net" <russracop@att.net>, "Buckner, Kenton" <kbuckner@littlerock.gov>
Cc: "Stodola, Mark" <mstodola@littlerock.gov>, "Moore, Bruce" <bruce@littlerock.gov>, board <board@littlerock.gov>, Ean Lee Bordeaux <aidcommission@gmail.com>, "wsabin@wsabin.org" <wsabin@wsabin.org>
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Dear Mr. Racop,
        The incentive pay for the recruit school has only been done twice. A total of 26 people have received the payments. Two persons have resigned from the force after receipt of the payments. This is the information we intend to provide to you in that regard. Of course, you asked for the policies and procedures and that will be provided. The City is seeking an Attorney General opinion as to these two individuals. This may extend the time before that information is available. I will keep you informed. Please let me know if you have any questions.
                Tom

Thomas M. Carpenter
OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY
500 West Markham, Ste. 310
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(T) (501) 371-6875 (direct)

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