LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A former Little Rock Police Department officer fired earlier this year over a deadly shooting was back in court Tuesday fighting to get his job back.
Charles Starks was fired in connection to a February traffic stop that led to the shooting death of Bradley Blackshire.
The city’s Civil Service Commission ruled earlier this year that the police department was justified in that decision.
Starks appealed that decision, which led to Tuesday’s brief hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
The judge said he’s going to use all the original testimony to make his ruling, which won’t be for a couple more weeks.
Both sides gave us their reaction right after the hearing ended.
“He would like it over with. It has been a very stressful thing for him and his family. You have people saying he was a terrible man for wanting to live,” says Robert Newcomb, Starks’ lawyer.
“At this time I have no concern about the investigation. The investigation was laid out and I would like a decison based on the facts,” says Chief Keith Humphrey, Little Rock Police Dept.
The judge is giving lawyers for both sides until next Friday to send in their arguments. From there he said he would determine a date for when he’ll make a decision.