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PCSSD reluctantly releases records regarding former teacher

Is PCSSD a shitty district, with shitty leadership and shitty teachers?   Russ Racop - March 30, 2021 On March 5th Karla Lasiter, a kindergarten teacher at Crystal Hill Elementary school, forced a Black five year old student to unclog a poop and toilet paper filled commode using his bare hands. The student's family complained and Lasiter was removed from the classroom and quickly resigned in an attempt to make the matter go away. We sent a Freedom of Information request to the school district... and as usual, they were extremely unwilling to comply with the requirements of the AFOIA.   ... and as usual, they were extremely unwilling to comply with the requirements of the AFOIA.   We waited another three days and sent another email. The PCSSD failed to provide the materials in the statutory time.  They blamed it on the departure of Jill Clark, a communications legal associate for the district. PCSSD is still fuming over me providing damaging testimony against them in a lawsuit, Pula

Feckless LR Mayor hid public records and refused to provide them in response to our FOI request

Feckless Frank is not a fan of transparency and open records Russ Racop - March 25, 2021   For some time now we have been investigating allegation of Ward 6 City Director Doris Wright getting involved in personnel matters at the West Central Community Center that she thinks is her personal property.  We have a document heavy post coming in the next week or so that will detail her involvement in hiring and firing of city employees and other shady actions. Part of the investigation we have completed was interviewing former and current city employees. In conjunction with our investigation, we sent a FOI request to the Feckless Mayor regarding a former employee. We received this response today. Missing from the scant records they provided was the following letter.       Why didn't the mayor, city manager, HR and Park directors provide this record in response to our request? What other ones are they hiding?  You'll have to wait for that explosive post.    ### Here's another litt

Feckless LR Mayor apparently will wing his state of the city address tonight

Russ Racop - March 25, 2021   On March 23rd we sent a FOI request to the feckless mayor for a copy of the speech,  any draft of the speech,  or remarks he would make tonight during his state of the city address.   According to what he sent, he is going to wing it. Feckless Frank provided a skimpy outline and three PDF's that contained screen shots of webpages. Based on the date that appears on the screenshots, Feckless Frank only began working on his most important speech of the year on March 22nd. We suspect that he just did not want to give up any advance opportunity to make critical comments of the bamboozling bullshit he has in store for us tonight. We will also obtain records AFTER his address and show that he violated our rights under the AFOIA and file another lawsuit against him.  To show how unoriginal and unimaginative the mayor and his henchmen are we off the following.  On March 22nd we saw this posted online and made a screenshot. We used the background to create some

Preliminary data indicates Black LRPD cops receive twice the suspension time than do their white counterparts for similar violations

Ean Lee Bordeaux - March 23, 2021   Preliminary data reveals that at least since 2008, Black LRPD cops are receiving almost TWICE the suspension time than white LRPD cops are receiving for similar violations.  There are currently 540 LRPD officers*. BLACK LRPD COPS: ✦ 180 Little Rock Police officers are black, serving a total of 4,036 hrs of suspension since 2008. ✦ 22.42 hrs of suspension per black officer since 2008.   ✦ Almost 13.5 hrs of suspension per every 100 black officers since 2008.  ✦ Out of 540 total cops, Black cops accounted for 13.8 hours of suspension per 100 cops since 2008. Black cops account for nearly half the total of white cops employed by the city of Little Rock. WHITE LRPD COPS: ✦ 337 Little Rock Police officers are white, serving a total of 4551.67 hrs. of suspension since 2008.  ✦ 13.5 hrs of suspension per white officer since 2008.   ✦ Almost 7.5 hrs of suspension per every 100 white officers since 2008. ✦ Out of 540 total cops, white cops accounted for 11.86

CIty Director Joan Adcock accepted illegal campaign contribution - Reports reveal thousands of dollars unaccounted for during the 2020 campaign

Russ Racop - March 21, 2021   Long in the tooth At-large City Director Joan Adcock accepted a $500 illegal contribution during her 2020 re-election campaign according to a review of a report she filed on October 27, 2020. The Campaign Contribution & Expenditure Report shows a $500 contribution by the David Parker Trust on July 31, 2020.   A Trust cannot make a campaign contribution to a candidate, nor can a candidate accept a contribution from a Trust. Making or accepting such a contribution violates Arkansas Code 7-6-203. Back in 2017 we filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission about a similar contribution from a Trust that a Fort Smith judicial candidate accepted, The Ethics Commission found it violated Ark. Cod Ann. 7-6-203.  You can read or post about that by clicking here . That is not the only problem Adcock has with her October 27, 2020 report. Her October 27th report documents $40,500 in monetary contributions, but she states on line #8 that she received $46,9

DFA Security Supervisor Juanita Shermo resigns while under investigation

Juanita Shermo resigned after complaint was made by our organization  Russ Racop - March 19, 2021   Earlier this month we received information from a confidential source that Juanita Shermo, Security Supervisor at the Department of Finance & Administration ("DFA") and a certified law enforcement officer, had misused her position and access to secure records to assist an individual find a birth parent.      So we reached out to DFA and Shermo for comments. DFA responded but Shermo ghosted us. Scott Hardin, Communications Director for DHS responded. Apparently the information provided to us was correct as Shermo did what corrupt, guilty cops do when caught breaking the rules or law, resign before they get fired. By resigning, any investigative file usually does not become a public record because resulting actions did not result in a suspension or termination. We made the complaint on March 9th and Shermo resigned on March 12th. Hardin advised us today that she was no longer