The Laux Law Group has scheduled a news conference today to announce another lawsuit over actions of a Little Rock police officer.
Mike Laux, who’s brought several actions against LRPD, said a lawsuit is to be filed today against Brittany Gunn, a Little Rock police officer who fatally shot James Hartsfield while she was working as private security for the Union Tap after-hours club at 1501 N. University.
According to police accounts at the time, Gunn tried to stop Hartsfield from driving because he’d been observed drinking. He was a driver for a ride service and had arrived to pick up a fare at Union Tap. Gunn and another officer tried to stop Hartsfield, with Gunn getting in his car to attempt to remove him. He kept driving and she fired. The car crashed into a wall.
A news release from Laux’s law firm said the lawsuit will allege that Gunn had tried during the investigation of the shooting to conceal that she knew Hartsfield. He said it also will deal with a failure of the police department to provide adequate training in protocol for traffic stops and use of force. Gunn was cleared in the investigation.
The news release praises new Police Chief Keith Humphrey for firing Officer Charles Starks for his actions in killing Bradley Blackshire as Blackshire tried to drive away, despite findings of other police supervisors that Starks had acted properly.
At our presser, we intend to issue a respectful challenge to Chief Humphrey to maintain his reasonable approach in assessing wanton acts of violence committed by LRPD officers against citizens of Little Rock. Mr. Hartsfield’s family deserves justice.