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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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


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.

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

Chief Ean Lee Bordeaux
Chief Elder/War Chief 
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>
READ ABOUT: Little Rock's Newest Corrupt Police Chief Kenton Buckner

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.

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

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