Skip to main content

LRPD cops disobeyed orders and conducted a high speed pursuit that resulted in the death of a child



By Russ Racop

On March 22, 2021 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a man in Southwest Little Rock called the Little Rock Police Department to report his 12 year old step-daughter had runaway and taken his 2012 GMC Terrain without his permission. 

LRPD cop Brian Watkins responded to that call.


Watkins has a significant disciplinary history at LRPD and was found to have falsified records in an internal investigation in 2011.


That finding of falsifying records gets Watkins the title of "Brady Cop".


Watkins went to the biological fathers residence but could not locate the vehicle. He then put out a runaway broadcast with information about the vehicle.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. LRPD cop Henry Topps, who had the call sign 3X80¹,  spotted the vehicle and he attempted to stop the vehicle at Geyer Springs Road and Interstate 30.


The vehicle, driven by the 12 year old female, refused to stop and Topps activated his patrol unit blue lights and siren. Topp's made a radio broadcast about the pursuit and Sgt. Derrick Threadgill, responded saying "get off the vehicle" and "we are not chasing a 12 year old driver.


Topps turned off his light and siren, but still followed the vehicle in direct violation of Sgt. Threadgill's order.

The vehicle driven by the 12 year old stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Mablevale Cuttoff and Chicot Road. Topps pulled up behind the vehicle and activated his lights again.

LRPD cop Joshua Thomas had heard the radio calls and arrived at the intersection from the opposite direction and positioned his vehicle in front of the vehicle driven by the 12 year old. This "boxing in" the vehicle violated LRPD policy but Thomas tried to later justify it by saying he thought the vehicle was involved in a kidnapping of a child and he was not clear about the call being about a runaway child driving a vehicle without permission.

Topps exited his vehicle and approached it. Topps observed a a young Hispanic female in the driver's seat and she drove off at a high rate of speed.

Topps jumped back in his vehicle and gave chase at speeds up to 102 mile per hour going out of the city limits of Little Rock into Saline County.

The vehicle driven by the 12 year old female ran off the road hit trees and overturned near Chicot Road and White Oak Pond Road.

Topps and Thomas went to the vehicle and found one male child deceased and another male child and the female child trapped in the vehicle.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office responded and took over the accident investigation.

LRPD initiated an investigation and charged Topps with several violations of policy including untruthfulness. NOTE: Topps name was redacted from the investigative file LRPD provide us but we were able to identify him by the reference to his call sign that day²


Here is what Topps said at his administrative hearing. Topps had the audacity to say he "could not be a hero in every situation". 

Thomas was charged with policy violations as well.


Here is what Thomas said at his administrative hearing.

Even though Topps action resulted in the death of a child he only received a verbal counseling.

Thomas caught 40 hours of suspension.


Thomas is still working at LRPD. Topps resigned on January 13, 2022.

LRPD has killed several individuals in connection with pursuits. This video is an example of one such incident.


Records obtained via FOI requests reveal that LRPD has in the last couple of years called in the Arkansas State Police for pursuits to let them perform PIT maneuvers to pass the blame for deaths off on them.

We posted a video on YouTube that featured Thomas and Topps back in March from an incident in December 2020.


No wonder LRPD has the sorry reputation it does and has difficulty hiring qualified, decent individuals.

No mention of this death and the wrongdoing of these LRPD cops back last year.

No doubt the former corrupt former chief and the feckless mayor did not want the bad publicity the story would generate in an election year.

Oh well.


We have requested videos associated with this incident and will post an update when they are received.

***UPDATE - Aug 3, 2022***

LRPD finally provided videos that contained illegal redactions.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 


UPDATE: 07/22/22 3:36 p.m.

We posted details about LRPD cop Brian Watkins being one of the LRPD cops on their Liars List.

Today Max Brantley with the Arkansas Times obtained a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Office.


In that report it is noted that Watkins told a Saline County Sheriff's Office Deputy

he was involved in the high speed chase. 

Look at what he said in a signed statement in the LRPD internal investigation.

Once a cop is branded as a liar, they cannot be rehabilitated or viewed as a credible individual.  Any case they are involved in is spoiled.

LRPD has 75 of them and they need to get rid of them. 


Popular posts from this blog

PCSSD teacher caught up in pedophile scandal at Immanuel Baptist Church. Her relationship with a minor under investigation.

PCSSD teacher Reagan Gray is being investigated by LRPD Since December 10, 2023, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has published around 20 articles about Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR and an ongoing scandal involving sexual abuse committed by adults upon children and the coverup of that abuse. Immanuel Baptist Church ("IBC") is perched on a hill near the intersection of Shackleford Road and West Markham Street in the western part of Little Rock overlooking Interstate I-430. Their campus includes the old Kroger store that they have converted into their City Center that they describe as " a ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church for the city. Our purpose is to establish environments that foster healthy, restorative relationships and opportunities to mobilize people to change their world." The most recent scandal at the church involves a Pulaski County Special School District ("PCSSD") teacher, Reagan Gray, who was involved in the music ministry at t

Little Rock pastor takes his own life after complaint of sexually explict conduct with a minor child

On April 24, 2024, Tyce Michelle Scroggins found what she has described to authorities as "inappropriate text and pictures" on her husband's cellphone. The messages were between her husband, Michael Todd Scroggins, the senior pastor at Moody Chapel AME Church in Little Rock and a minor student at LISA Academy High School. Moody Chapel AME Church   An argument ensued about the text messages and Pastor Scroggins left the home. On April 25th, Mrs. Scroggins filed a report with the Little Rock Police Department about the text messages. She also notified LISA Academy administration. On April 28th, Mrs. Scroggins filed a missing person report with the Sherwood Police Department.  Sherwood Police put out an alert on social media.   On April 30th, Little Rock Police found Pastor Scroggins dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle parked in the back parking lot of the church. Our LRPD sources say that it appeared that Pastor Scroggins had been dead several

England High School teacher caught having sex with a 18 year old former student in a car in a park

England High teacher Courtani Bell and former student Kaylin Sullivan   On Monday January 8, 2024 at around 6 p.m., an England, AR cop caught Courtani Bell (W/F 29) a teacher at England High School engaged in "public sexual indecency" in the back seat of Bell's car in a public park with a former student, Kaylin Sullivan (B/F 18).   Here's the police report.   The court date for the randy pair is set for February 22nd in England District Court. Bell is married (for the time being as a source says he's left her) and lives in Sheridan with her hubby Layton. Bell's cuckholded hubby works at the Sheridan Police Department as a cop.   Sullivan, will turn 19 in February 2024.   There are questions surrounding the commencement of their relationship and did it began when  Sullivan was a student? We reached out to the England School District for a comment. No response was received. ### Here's the police body camera footage of the arrest. Here's a shorter version