LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey released a statement following the protest outside of city hall Tuesday afternoon regarding the shooting death of Bradley Blackshire Sr.
Police Chief Humphrey spoke with protestors about their concerns at the intersection of Markham and Broadway.
See the full statement below:
“In the spirit of transparency, I believed it was important to meet with those assembled and discussed their concerns today at the intersection of Markham and Broadway. As you are aware, the Bradley Blackshire case has been a discussion in our community. Today I was able to speak with the Blackshire family and hear their concerns about the case. I respect their concerns, but encouraged them to allow due process. At the assembly, we discussed the concerns for a Review/Advisory Board, Body Cameras, and meeting with the Department of Justice.
Realizing the importance of the concern for police body cameras, our department has explored this software in the past. Recently, we have submitted a request for proposal for body cameras. In the near future, I plan on meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss the appropriate Citizen Review/Advisory process for the citizens of Little Rock.
The members of the Little Rock Police Department respect the 1st Amendment Right for peaceful protest. As always, we will continue to work with our citizens.”
Chief Keith L. Humphrey
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Protestors in the street demanded to speak with the Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey.
Humphrey has come out to speak with them and the protest has been moved to the sidewalk.
The Broadway Bridge has now reopened.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Protestors have blocked the intersection of Broadway and Markham in front of City Hall, according to authorities.
The Broadway Bridge is currently closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Please use an alternate route until further notice, police say.
It’s reported that the protestors are chanting “no justice, no peace” regarding the death of Bradley Blackshire who was shot and killed by an LRPD Officer in Feb.
According to a coordinator with the Justice for Bradley Blackshire Movement, the purpose of the protest is “to seek the creation of a Citizens Review Board, to require the use of body cameras by all LRPD officers, to terminate and decertify Charles Starks for the murder of Bradley Blackshire Sr., and to prosecute Charles Starks for the murder of Bradley Blackshire Sr.”