In­ter­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Un­der Re­view

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — The Wash­ing­ton County Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney’s of­fice is still in the process of re­view­ing a case file of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing two Farm­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to Matt Dur­rett, pros­e­cut­ing at­tor­ney.

Farm­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment con­ducted an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a woman filed a com­plaint that two of­fi­cers used ex­ces­sive force while ar­rest­ing her 15-yearold son on New Year’s Eve at the Kum & Go on Main Street in Farm­ing­ton.

Farm­ing­ton’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion was turned over to Arkansas State Po­lice. Dur­rett said the state po­lice has turned over the file to his of­fice for re­view and no de­ci­sions have been made about the case.

Farm­ing­ton con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to make sure the depart­ment’s po­lices and pro­ce­dures were fol­lowed dur­ing the ar­rest, Lt. Chad Par­rish said at the time. The of­fi­cers who made the ar­rest, Justin Collins and Dustin Long, were not placed on leave.

A redacted in­ci­dent re­port re­gard­ing the ar­rest said Collins stopped at the store to use the re­stroom when he saw two teens stand­ing in the bath­room. Collins wrote one of the teens was try­ing to shove what looked like a mar­i­juana pipe into his right pocket. The of­fi­cer asked what it was and the boy ad­mit­ted it was a pipe, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Collins said he grabbed the boy by the arm who im­me­di­ately tensed up, pulled his arm away and re­fused to com­ply with ver­bal com­mands. Collins pushed the teen to­ward a wall to se­cure and hand­cuff him and the boy started yelling his face was in­jured. Collins saw blood com­ing from the boy’s face near his mouth, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Collins called for as­sis­tance and Long ar­rived. Long wrote in his re­port that the teenager con­tin­ued to re­sist ar­rest. The of­fi­cers es­corted the boy to a po­lice ve­hi­cle out­side and he was taken to the po­lice depart­ment.

Po­lice charged the boy with re­sist­ing ar­rest, pos­ses­sion of drugs and drug para­pher­na­lia, all mis­de­meanors.

The teen’s mother, Mi­caela Fillmore-Stephens, called last week to say all charges had been dropped against her son. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Wash­ing­ton County Ju­ve­nile Court on Fri­day said she could not give out any in­for­ma­tion about the case be­cause it in­volved a mi­nor.

At the time of the ar­rest, Fillmore-Stephens said of­fi­cers gave her son no in­struc­tions and over­re­acted. She wrote about the in­ci­dent in her blog, say­ing of­fi­cers were not in dan­ger and had no cause to ex­ert the amount of force they used on her son.

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