Today, the Cross County Sheriff’s Office attempted to arrest Roderick Talley for failure to appear because he was approximately 20 minutes late for a court hearing in Wynne, Ark. due to inclement weather affecting much of the State. Make no mistake about it, we believe this arbitrary, heavy-handed actionUPDATE: Check this on the Facebook page of the Fraternal Order of Police, a retrograde organization that has always defended the worst of LRPD practices and reflects the typically Republican thinking of the white suburban residents who make up the biggest portion of the force.
by the powers that be constitutes retaliation against Mr. Talley for the civil rights lawsuit he recently filed against the LRPD. Nonetheless, clearly, no arrestee should ever panic and flee as Mr. Talley did today, whether the charges they face are legitimate or not.
In any event, while we dispute the factual rendition offered by CCSO, we have spoken with our client will arrange for him to turn himself in tomorrow, November 15, so that all the pertinent facts can be determined and so that any and all legal processes can move forward. On the subject of the accuracy of CCSO’s rendition of facts, we also intend to demand the preservation of any and all video footage of the event that may exist and which depicts the courthouse, its adjacent parking lot or anywhere in the vicinity of the alleged event.
Lastly, we feel compelled to mention that, whatever truly occurred today in Wynne, it has absolutely no bearing on the legitimacy of Mr. Talley’s civil rights lawsuit alleging an unconstitutional pattern of dangerous and illegal “no-knock” LRPD raids, a lawsuit that continues to add multiple Arkansas plaintiffs each day.