A retired 23 year veteran of the Little Rock Police Department that turned dispatcher was fired by Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey in an unexplained decision that once again puts the national spotlight on a department and city in a unprecedented negative fashion.
Aaron Manning became concerned after a fellow dispatcher decided to fly to Houston to pick up a relative from a cruise ship in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The relative had taken advantage of sub-$100 dollar cruise tickets but then became distressed when cruise ships became distressed at docks across the world.
Despite the employee being told of the dangers of having the relative in the car for several hours, they refused to self-quarantine prior to returning to work and the Little Rock Police Department failed to make that a safety standard for their employees.
Manning, who is the primary caretaker for his elderly parents, became concerned and after a supervisor failed to intervene, he volunteered to use his sick time or leave without pay to stay away from the employee (and work) for the 14 day incubation period.
Upon returning to work to work, Manning was called into a meeting with Captain Marcus Paxton and Chief Keith Humphrey and was fired.
In the meeting, Chief Humphrey acknowledged his decades of service to the department without any disciplinary action and told him it was a personnel decision and was not personal.
After seeing one decision after another by this chief and lawsuits on a daily basis, here at Law Officer, we have to disagree.
All of this is personal but the question is why?
Why has an incoming chief made it his mission to fire employee after employee for what appears to be nothing of substance?
Manning is now suing the city for wrongful termination and violation of the Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act.
Manning and others have seemingly had enough but the question is when will the good citizens of Little Rock have enough?
- Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
- City of Little Rock is shamefully fighting reinstatement of Officer Charles Starks
- Arkansas judge says Little Rock must put Officer Charles Starks back to work
- Little Rock Police Chief Sued After Owing Thousands To Creditors
Little Rock has become a joke in law enforcement circles around the country and if careers and families were not being affected in such a negative way, we would agree with that joke but this is no joking matter.
Law Officer reached out to the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police for comment with no response.
In closing, we have a message for the Little Rock Police Department and specifically the good mean and women that serve.
We are here for you. We’ve seen this before. What you are dealing with is nothing new and this is our promise to you………We will not stop until you are relieved from this nightmare.
Hopefully, those that that proclaim to be advocates for the Little Rock Police Department have the same resolve.