|Trooper Trevor Matthew Stevenson |
Court records we obtained after receiving a tip reveal that Arkansas State Police Trooper Trevor Stevenson is the subject of an Order of Protection due to domestic violence perpetrated upon his estranged wife, Julia Reddit Stevenson, who happens to be a North Little Rock cop.
|Julia Reddit Stevenson|
Julia Stevenson filed for an Order of Protection on October 31, 2022 and this was her affidavit for the Order of Protection.
This is full file we obtained from the Pulaski County Circuit Clerk.
That filing got the trooper placed on administrative leave.
The couple married in October 2010.
Trevor Stevenson has a history of driving while intoxicated. He was able to get off a DWI charge probably due to white privilege and a plea agreement for a lesser charge. Court records bear this out.
Perhaps alcohol abuse is a factor in the domestic abuse.
Studies have found that a minimum of 40 percent of families of police officers have experienced some type of domestic violence. This can include anything from harassment and stalking to homicide. That’s well above the 10 percent of the population as a whole.
Of course, the number could be much higher, since domestic abuse goes unreported, and family members of officers may believe that fellow police officers won’t help them. Victims of domestic violence by police officers may feel particularly at risk because the officer is licensed to carry a gun, is familiar with how the system works and is more likely to find the victim if he or she goes to a shelter.
Research has shown that even when there is evidence of guilt in domestic violence cases, officers rarely serve jail time or even lose their jobs. One study of Los Angeles officers found that from 1990 to 1997, in 227 cases of alleged domestic abuse, 91 were sustained. Of these, four officers were convicted on criminal charges. One had his conviction expunged.
We made a request to the Arkansas State Police for a copy of Stevenson's personnel file.
He is trying to keep us from
obtaining it but the Arkansas Attorney General has consistently opined
that those records are not exempt from release under the Arkansas
Freedom of Information Act. Here is a recent example of an individual that objected to the release of their personnel file.
We were surprised that the AG failed to include us as a footnote in this opinion as she did in here opinion No. 2018-007.
That case back in 2015 was our first lawsuit involving a denial of public records in by a governmental body.
As we like to say, Fuck Around and Find out!
When we received Stevenson's file we will update the post.
We could not locate any incident reports about abuse filed by Julia Stevenson. However we did locate this incident involving a NLRPD K-9 attacking her stepson.
Police K-9's are not pets and it seems that having an animal trained to be aggressive around kids that are not daily members of a dog handler's household endangers that child.
Here are some recent examples of similar situations.
Records obtained from the Arkansas State Police indicate that Trooper Stevenson is also a member of the Army National Guard. No doubt they will be interested in these allegation of domestic abuse.
We also found out he became a ASP Trooper in 2018 and was a prison guard before that. We'll get his file from the Department of Corrections and see what it reveals.
Stevenson indicated on his application that he worked as a cop in Batesville, AR
from 2016-2018. We'll send a request for his records with them as well.