Helena-West Helena Officer Fired After Investigation

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (Ben Caxton) — A Helena-West Helena police officer who was seen in a viral video pointing a gun at a man and dragging him out of a moving car has been fired from the city’s police force for violating department policy. Officer Terry Daugherty and his partner were conducting a stop in Helena-West Helena on May 26th after a report of vehicles refusing to leave the lot of a closed gas station. When Daugherty asked driver Edrick Truitt for identification, Truitt pulled out his phone and began filming the encounter. Daugherty drew his weapon and pointed it at Truitt; he later said he had noticed a weapon in the back of Truitt’s car. Police say Daugherty violated the department’s minimum force policy because when he pulled his weapon there was no indication that he was in imminent danger. Truitt was taken into police custody and later released; Daugherty was suspended pending an investigation. Daugherty’s partner resigned from the force in July, other officers were disciplined and last week Mayor Kevin Smith sent a letter to Daugherty terminating him from his job effective August 9th No charges have been filed against Daugherty.



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