Lawsuit Charges Miller County Arkansas Jailers With Savage Beating Of Inmate – No Investigation Was Done After Beating


The Crawford County sheriff says the county jail administrator has been suspended after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Sheriff Mike Allen announced Thursday that jail administrator Terry Rea had been placed on paid administrative leave. The sheriff wouldn’t elaborate on the sexual misconduct allegation, but an Arkansas State Police lieutenant says the alleged incident happened at the jail when Rea was on duty.

State police are handling the investigation.

Rea, who is from Dyer, declined to comment Thursday.




 Grievance board to hear fired deputy’s appeal


Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston said Monday that an appeal hearing before a county grievance board concerning the recent firing of sheriff’s lieutenant Rick Beavers is in its informal stages, but would happen in the coming weeks once paperwork is completed.

Sheriff Karl Byrd confirmed last week that he fired Beavers on Dec. 28 for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner at the new jail sometime around Nov. 10.

Beavers, who publicly announced his electoral candidacy against Byrd on Dec. 2, hadn’t returned phone calls as of presstime. His attorney, Lucien R. Gillham of Little Rock, declined to comment on what he called an ongoing matter.

Byrd said he plans to run for re-election, but Beavers’ candidacy didn’t affect the sheriff’s decision to fire him.

“This is absolutely not in retaliation,” Byrd said. “I would prefer that it hadn’t have happened, as far as the election goes. I don’t care if (Beavers) runs against me. The election would have gone a lot smoother had this not have happened.”

According to Byrd, who wouldn’t name the prisoner without an open records request letter, Beavers’ actions against the prisoner may have violated the inmate’s civil rights, and the firing happened due to fear of future litigation against the sitting administration.

Beavers, who until his firing worked as a commander at the new jail, is entitled to regular pay from the sheriff’s office until his grievance is decided by a board whose members have never heard an appeal under the administration of County Judge Preston Scroggin after the judge took office with Byrd in January 2007. The grievance board would be comprised of county personnel committee members along with a group of elected county officials.

A letter sent to the sheriff’s office requesting documents related to Beavers’ firing wasn’t yet answered on Monday, though Byrd said sheriff’s investigators will comply with state freedom of information laws.

“Our officers are held accountable and conduct like (Beavers’) cannot happen in that facility,” Byrd said of the alleged brutality incident. “We are charged with the care of those people.”



GREENE COUNTY, ARKANSAS – Authorities say a former Greene County jail supervisor has been arrested after acknowledging he had sex with a state prison inmate serving as a trustee there.

William Shaw faces a felony sexual assault charge stemming from the incident. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dan Langston says the county likely will lose state trustee labor until at least February as officials investigate the second such incident in a year.

Langston says 35-year-old Shaw admitted to having sex with a female inmate in the last year inside an office at the jail. Langston says Shaw told a deputy he had “deep regrets” about what he did.

The sheriff says the allegations involving Shaw were never brought to his attention before.

This is the second time this year a Greene County jailer has faced allegations over trustees. Officials say former jailer John David Dupwe was arrested for felony sexual assault after meeting a female prisoner for sex while she was on a furlough.

Shaw was being held on $25,000 bond Monday.



Date Posted: 06:42:22 11/04/07 Sun

Former Crittenden County Arkansas Deputy Sheriff Shannon Houchin Sentenced To 1 Year In Federal Prison For Beating Inmate
CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARKANSAS – Shannon Houchin, a former officer with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office in West Memphis, Ark., was sentenced today in federal court in Little Rock to one year and one day imprisonment following his conviction on a civil rights violation.

At his guilty plea on July 23, 2007, Houchin admitted that he abused his authority as a police officer when, in May 2006, he unnecessarily assaulted an arrestee as the man was being taken into the booking area of the Crittenden County Detention Facility.
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Lawsuit Charges Miller County Arkansas Jailers With Savage Beating Of Inmate – No Investigation Was Done After Beating
MILLER COUNTY, ARKANSAS – A lawyer representing Miller County said Monday that officials never investigated allegations that two jailers beat an inmate so badly last year that he had to be hospitalized at least five times before he eventually died two weeks ago.

Derrick Henry, 28, of Texarkana filed a federal lawsuit against the county on Oct. 12, five days before he died, alleging two unnamed jailers “savagely” beat him on or before Nov. 15, 2006, and then failed to get him medical treatment in a timely manner.

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