LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Thursday ordered the city of Little Rock to reinstate a police officer who was fired for fatally shooting a black motorist.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox reversed the Little Rock Civil Service Commission's ruling upholding the termination of Officer Charles Starks over the fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire. Starks fired at least 15 times through the windshield of a car Blackshire was driving in February.
Starks and another officer were attempting a motor vehicle stop at the time. Police commanders fired Starks in May, saying he violated department policy.
Fox upheld the commission's ruling that Starks violated policy requiring officers to move out of an oncoming vehicle's path if possible rather than fire. But the judge said a 30-day suspension and reduction in salary to an entry level officer are more appropriate sanctions.
A spokeswoman for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said the city will appeal Fox's ruling.