Roderick Talley, a candidate for state representative in District 36, was arrested in June for driving with a suspended license and blocking a roadway after filming a traffic stop in Hope.
Talley, 31, who has become a vocal critic of the Little Rock Police Department after his apartment was raided during a “no-knock” search warrant in August 2017, said he was visiting his grandparents in Hope when he saw state trooper Darren Henley pull a driver over for a traffic stop on Peck Circle.
In a video recorded by Henley’s dashboard camera and shared by KATV, the trooper is shown pulling over the driver for using a suspended license, issuing him a citation and letting him leave after a brief conversation. Henley then approaches Talley, who had parked his car down the road from the traffic stop and then gotten out of his vehicle to film the interaction on his phone. Talley said he started recording the stop in order to “make sure the young man didn’t lose his life.”
Henley asks Talley for his license and registration and tells him he’s illegally parked on a roadway. Talley initially refuses to provide any identification, saying he hasn’t broken any law, and Henley calls for backup before arresting Talley.
Talley was charged with driving with a suspended license, impeding traffic by being parked in the roadway, and for “obstructing governmental operations.” After being taken to the Hempstead County jail, Talley was released the same day on a $655 bond.
The video also shows Talley accusing the trooper of racial profiling and threatening lawsuits against Henley and the Hope Police Department. While being transported to jail, Talley curses at the officer and uses a homophobic slur, which Talley said he regrets.
“When [the slur] left my mouth, I realized how it could have been taken,” Talley said. “I said it, and I was dead wrong. In the heat of being mad, it was a word that came out.”
Talley said he hopes the incident doesn’t hurt his chances in the election for District 36 representative, which takes place on Aug.6.
“I think people see … from the video [that] my intentions were in the right place,” Talley said. “I put somebody else’s concerns and safety before my own. I can handle myself, but not everyone knows how to deal with interactions with the police.”
Talley will appear in court for the charges on Aug. 13, and he said he intends to plead not guilty.