LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock City director is in the hot seat with some community members after a comment he made about crime and community policing in the city.
At a community meeting, City Director Lance Hines was quoted as saying community policing needed to be "put on the back burner." After those remarks, Willie Davis, a community leader, wrote a two page letter to Hines expressing his concerns about what he said are disrespectful and inappropriate remarks.
"I couldn't imagine losing my son and someone telling me I know who killed my son and I won't tell, and I won't connect,” Davis said.
In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Hines is quoted about crime in Little Rock.
"I just think the community-policing effort until we are fully staffed, needs to be put on the back burner," he said. "We need to go back to the old school police tactics and do zero tolerance for any criminal activity."
Davis said community policing helps solve crimes. In his letter, Davis said the "'old school' way of policing is actually 'community policing.'"
"You're talking about an area like this the way you did,” Davis said. “Maybe he didn't think about it like that, but I did, and so this is the area where I hugged people."
Hines also accused the father of 2-year-old Ra'Miya Reed of being a gang member. Brandon Reed's daughter was killed in November during a drive-by shooting while sitting on her mother's lap. He called the accusation "nonsense."
"That was wrong for you [Director Hines] to say the inappropriate things that you said about me and my daughter's family,” Reed said. "We’re not gang members, and I am very sorry if you thought that."
Reed said he never thought he'd be accused of anything having to do with his daughter's death.
"Lets fix this homicide issue we have,” Davis said. “But we can’t fix this homicide issue by having disagreements or treating the public a certain way."
Hines declined to comment on Davis' letter. Ra'Miya's father said he is in full support of community policing even thanking community members for helping in his daughter's case.