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Dash Cam Turned Over By Arkansas State Police Shows Alleged “Use Of Force’ By GCSD Deputies, Sheriff Sanders Speaks Out (VIDEO)

A dash cam video turned over by Arkansas State Police to the Garland County Sheriff’s Department has been made available to the public, and the sheriff is reacting to four deputies in a month’s time facing disciplinary issues.

Deputies Scott West and Greg Kellar were suspended over the past week, following an investigation into the officers’ use of force. Both deputies have been suspended for failing to follow department policy. According to Sheriff Larry Sanders, any officers that cross the line can expect the same.

The video was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department by Arkansas State Police on June 13, 2013. It depicts a traffic stop, a week earlier, of two trespassing suspects that turned aggressive for Deputy Clayton Green.

According to Green’s account, Jordan and Jerry Hoover were drunk and disorderly. Jordan Hoover, accused of pushing the officer back so that he landed on his knees.

As the State Trooper arrived, Green was walking up to Hoover and hit him several times with a baton. Trooper Crook runs into assist, demanding Hoover get on the ground.

Hoover repeatedly states, “I haven’t done anything.”

“What we’re looking at is it was a force issue — that was brought to our attention,” said Sheriff Larry Sanders of the tape.

The issue of use of force is brought up when Sgt. Scott West arrived on scene as back up. Hoover was on the ground, but you can hear him yelling obscenities at police.

At one point, he rolls over, still shouting. West approaches him in the video and slaps him in the face with an open hand.

“The officer said he was about to spit on him and he responded to that and, like I say, it didn’t follow department guidelines,” said Sheriff Sanders.

West was never mentioned in Green’s arrest affidavit, nor was the slap accounted for in his series of events. Green reported that he had used the baton on Hoover, had identified Cpl. Greg Kellar as aiding in putting a suspect in the vehicle, and had identified the state trooper that came to help.

Cpl. Greg Kellar’s suspension stemmed from his involvement with Jordan Hoover once he arrived in booking at the Garland County jail.

Kellar had assisted in transporting the suspects, and according to investigators’ accounts, Jordan Hoover headbutted the booking officer and was thrown to the ground.

We couldn’t see the headbutt in video, and the Sheriff’s Department clarified that it happened as the two men entered the room, outside of the camera’s full view.

Kellar, according to investigators and the video, pulled out his taser and proceeded to step on top of Hoover’s back and apply pressure. Minutes later, Kellar then moved his foot to Hoover’s neck.

Sgt. West received two weeks suspension without pay, and Cpl. Kellar received one month suspension without pay.

Their suspensions make four Sheriff’s Office employees involved in disciplinary or legal issues in the past month.

According to Sheriff Sanders, he’s upset that the department has been cast in a negative light because of it.

“It hurts — they represent me they represent this county. They represent law enforcement. Any time at any agency there’s misconduct it affects all officers, and I don’t like that..”

Responding to concerns voiced by citizens of an ongoing problem with discipline at the department, Sheriff Sanders said there isn’t one.

“In any agency there are things that are going to happen there are going to be complaints filed, I hope the public can see we take it serious,” he said. “The message I would like is that people can see action is taken place. Bad behavior is not going to be tolerated and they need to remember the other 140 officers risking their lives.”

According to the Sheriff Sanders, the suspended officers will undergo additional training in the department, and other officers may be included in that as well. He also encouraged the public to report instances where they felt like officers stepped over the line.

“If people are not willing to get involved and bring the evidence we need it’s hard to take action on that,” he said. “If there’s evidence an officer should be on suspension then that is taken place.”

“I hope that anybody that knows me and my administration — we don’t tolerate such behavior. If we have any officers that were stepping over the line and doing something they shouldn’t be doing I want people to come forward. We won’t take retaliation on it.,” Sheriff Sanders said.

 

(Garland County Sheriff’s Department Statement)

Internal Investigation Summary of Complaint

Officers: Sgt Scott West and Cpl Gregg Kellar

Date of Offense: 06-06-2013

Offense: Unprofessional Conduct

On 06-13-2013 the Garland County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a dash cam video
of Trooper Darren Crook, of an incident involving our deputies.

Captain Lacey and I (Lt Roberson) reviewed the video on 06-14-2013. No complaint
was filed by either of the Hoovers but an Internal Affairs Investigation was
recommended.

Lt Roberson and Sgt Joel Ware were assigned the Investigation.

The incident was in reference to a call of Trespassing at 1897 Mtn Pine Rd, the Hanson
residence. Deputy Clayton Green responded and learned that two white males possibly
intoxicated in a green truck had become verbally threatening towards the complainants.
Suspects left and returned and the older suspect got of vehicle and began beating on
victim’s door and yelling. Suspects were gone on deputy Greens arrival.

Trooper Crook responded from his home on east side of county to back Deputy Green.
Deputy Green asked him to check the Thornton Ferry area for the suspect vehicle.

A short time later the suspect vehicle came back by the victim’s residence and the
complainants pointed the vehicle out saying that was the actors.

Deputy Green pursued and made a stop at the New Salem Church on Mtn Pine Highway.
The actors became disorderly and Green needed assistance in which Trooper Crook
responded. Deputy Green was able to get the passenger in custody Jerry Hoover but was
having a difficult time with the second subject Jordan Hoover the driver.

When Trooper Crook arrived on scene Deputy Green was being knocked to the ground
by Jordan Hoover. After some struggle Deputy Green and Trooper Crook were able to
handcuff and restrain the actor Jordon Hoover.

Jerry Hoover was yelling and kicking the doors and windows of Deputy Green’s unit.
Trooper Crook went and opened the door to tell Jerry Hoover to calm down and stop
kicking the doors and then went back to assist Green.

Sgt West and Cpl Kellar responded to the scene to assist and arrived after Jordon Hoover
was handcuffed and laying on the ground being restrained by Deputy Green. The other
subject Jerry Hoover whom was in back of Greens unit was still yelling and kicking at the
door and window of Deputy Green’s unit.
Kellar and West both went to Green’s unit together after arriving on scene in attempt to
calm Jerry Hoover down. They decided to pull him from the unit in order to further
restrain him to prevent him from kicking. Jerry Hoover resisted and would not come out
of the unit and after a few tries grabbing for him, Sgt West and Cpl Kellar were able to
remove him.

The conduct in question with Sgt West was when he went back to the subject Jordon
Hoover who was lying handcuffed on his stomach on the ground. Sgt West rolled him
over partway and was seen slapping the suspect. Sgt West when asked why he slapped
said it was because the subject was fixing to spit on him.

Sgt West does not deny the incident and said he never meant the Jordon Hoover any
harm. He stated it was never any intention to brutalize or hurt the subject. He said he did
not think about his actions and was just trying to get him to stop what he was doing.

The conduct in question with Cpl Kellar happened when the subject Jordan Hoover was
laying on the ground handcuffed, his feet were shackled and Cpl Kellar was holding the
foot shackles when the subject nearly pulled him to the ground. Cpl Kellar appears to
punch the subject in the hip or side at that time. Another issue happened after the subjects
had been transported to the booking room at the Garland County Sheriff’s Office
Detention Center.

Jerry Hoover was already there and being fairly compliant. Green arrived with Jordon
Hoover whom upon entering the booking room became disorderly and head butted
Deputy Lane the booking deputy, who struggled with him. Lane and Cpl Dorris took him
the floor mat in order to better control him. Deputy Lane got a black eye from the subject
head butting him.

At this point Cpl Kellar assisted by pulling his Taser and telling the subject to comply or
he could be tased. Cpl Kellar then holsters the Taser and places a foot in the back of the
subject. Cpl Kellar shifted his weight and moved his foot to the neck of the subject and
continued holding subject down.

Cpl Kellar said he did pull his Taser in attempt to gain compliance and that he did place
his foot on the subject just to let him know he was there. Cpl Kellar said he did not kick
him or try to hurt or antagonize him in the process.

During the review of the incident at the scene of the arrest, Jerry Hoover after being taken
out of unit to be further restrained told Trooper Crook that someone hit him five times in
the face in back of unit. After all interviews and reviewing all the evidence on hand, there
is nothing to support the accusation made by Jerry Hoover.

There were no injuries to either subject as a result of deputies’ actions.

Lt Roberson

Hot Springs Daily decided to provide the full length video of the alleged “use of force” by Officer West and Officer Kellar. The video lasts approximately 30 minutes.

(Disclaimer) This video may contain profanity or scenes not suitable for everyone.

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35 Responses to Dash Cam Turned Over By Arkansas State Police Shows Alleged “Use Of Force’ By GCSD Deputies, Sheriff Sanders Speaks Out (VIDEO)

  1. Danny Smith Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Of course there is no evidence to support the claim! If not for the trooper, there would have been no evidence what-so ever! You don’t think that the deputies would have allowed any evidence of their hitting someone to exist do you?

    • Old Guy Reply

      June 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      My mom slapped me for spitting on my cousin. Never happened again.

  2. Robert Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Bad behavior is bad behavior. I highly respect these officers, they tolerated much more abuse than anyone should have to. I have no respect for drunks. I may not have all the facts, but the video speaks volumes.

    • Darlene Reply

      July 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

      As you said, the video speaks volumes. He should not have resisted arrest, but why did the officers keep messing with him instead of just putting him in the car??? Maybe they wanted to release some frustration and he just happened to be on the receiving end? Come on, it only takes 1 cop, 2 at most, to handcuff someone and put them in a car! I have no respect or tolerence for a drunk either, but right is right and wrong is wrong. The way I see it, they were all in the wrong, but you expect stupid behavior from a drunk. Officers are trained to handle drunk, abusive people without being abusive themselves. I expect much better from an officer than what I just watched!

  3. Annonymous Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I have worked with both of the Hoovers. They both have very bad tempers and some psychological issues. One was even fired from that company for theft. It was obvious from the reports that both of them, especially Jordan, were violent and non compliant. Of course there is going to have to be some force involved to maintain control of the situation.

    • mary hoover Reply

      June 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Its funny how u wanna say all this but cant even say who you are…coward. and furthermore get your facts straight my son was not fired for theft . Its people like you who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground that gets things started that was never true to begin with. I don’t condoned my son for driving drunk. But that is not the issue here and not even the reason for the stop.

    • charlie sears Reply

      March 30, 2014 at 3:00 am

      larry sanders and crew cover up real well when need be . state police just saying u need be watching all of them.

  4. a@a.com Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I have witnessed cases of excessive use of force, police brutality, and unarguable evidence. This particular case with the supporting video shows that even when under intense situations these officers demonstrated professionalism and attempted courtesy. However when the party is unwilling to follow commands and procedures, force is necessary in order to control the situation for both the officers involved and party. I see no problems here.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Two words: witch hunt. Yes force was used. Excessive? Depends. The dash cam doesn’t tell the whole back story. They didn’t severely beat the subjects. They weren’t brutalized. From what I can tell from the video the subjects were drunk and were looking for trouble. They started it, the officers had to finish it. The objective of every officer is to go home after your shift in the same condition than when they started, and that sometimes requires force that some may view as excessive. Residents, you ask men and women to go to bat for you. You get tired of being robbed and burglarized, tired of drunken idiots on the street looking for trouble, tired of feeling insecure in your neighborhood, tired of the people down the street selling meth and other drugs, tired of vicious dogs roaming about freely. In fact, you demand your personal security from someone else and then question the manner in which it is provided. Provided by a man or woman who makes roughly $25-$30K a year to do it. I support our Sheriff and his Deputies. They do an unpopular job for little pay and even less thanks. I support the Sheriff upholding the Use Of Force Policy that the Department has in place. I supported the termination of the investigator who exposed himself, and am of the opinion that the Marine Patrol Deputy should have been fired before his resignation letter was tendered. I also understand that there are forces at work behind the scenes that we residents don’t see, much less would understand if we were to see them. My final point is this: let’s make sure we are justly punishing those in the wrong (Former Inv. Williams and former Deputy Parliament), and not making examples or pawns out of other Deputies to save face the past wrongdoing of others.

  6. Officer Randle Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    As an officer in a Texas Law Enforcement Agency I would highly consider this to be abuse and excessive force on the officers behalf. It is our duty to protect and serve but most of all to UPHOLD the law.
    This video clearly shows these officers in a challanging situation but there are procedures that law enforcement should follow to properly get the job done. Good job on the State Troopers behalf for turning this video over to be reviewed. If these officers worked in my department, they would be standing in the unemployment line Monday morning.

    • Old Guy Reply

      June 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Go back to Texas. I’ve heard of what Texas officers do. Go talk about them !

    • ft Reply

      June 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      When an opinion from Texas is needed we’ll contact you officer Randall but we don’t really care about what you would do in Texas. We already have one turd from Texas running a department and not very many of the officers are happy about it. How many officers in Texas get killed because they have to handle idiots like this with kiddie gloves on….officer Randall must be an office cop

      • James McAnster

        June 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        Officer Randle is probably not an officer at all, but a libtard working for ACLU. If it would have been my local department, they would have tased his ass a long time ago and took out 14 minutes of this video.

  7. mike estell Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    i think they did what had to be done. hell they should have stopped it quicker than they did..

  8. Old Guy Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Dumbazz drunks ! I can reconize them I use to be one. All he wanted was his daddy ! As most often once caught they become babies ! What about if they had hit and killed some one ? Even if I think I’m not in the wrong or if the officer is rude I treat with respect and have never had a problem with a law officer !

  9. Michael B Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I personally know both of the men arrested and I can tell you the father was drunk and I have been around his son enough that i can tell you he was scared for his dad. I agree the way the two guys acted was wrong, but slapping and kicking a man that is handcuffed is wrong. That is the problem with most of the cops in this area they are just glorified bullies. Not all but most of them.

    • charlie sears Reply

      March 30, 2014 at 3:07 am

      thats right and they slap and kick u but lord forbid u bitch slap a cop because ur getting be ur the one going to prison garland county sucks larry sanders and hired in family find new jobs.

  10. Old Guy Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    That’s why he let him drive drunk ?

  11. Renee Reply

    June 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I commend Hot Springs Daily for showing the entire video – but truly did not see any reason for the officers to be suspended without pay.

    • Mike Estell Reply

      June 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Stay on top of it old guy.. u gotten

  12. Jim D'bruissiant Reply

    June 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    You would think cops would have some physical fitness standards. What good are cops if all you have to do is out run them for twenty seconds?

    Officer Green is a liar and a coward, repeat, A LIAR. and a yellow bellied pisspot COWARD, a disgrace to all his ancestors that came before him and a blight upon his families name, who would attack a handcuffed man with a baton for no reason.

    • john maxwell Reply

      June 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Green was outsized by longshot an suspect shoved him to the ground unhandcuffed an Green came up deploying baton at that time. I give him credit for not backing down an going back after him. Suspect 6’4″ 230lbs. Green maybe 5’7″ if lucky. Watch your mouth an comments

  13. Old Guy Reply

    June 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Guess you didn’t watch video ?

  14. Mark Ross Reply

    June 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I have watched these videos twice and still don’t see excessive force. But I tell you this that Punk that is cussing, spitting, bad mouthing, and shoving the officer of the law to the ground, needs a ass whipping that his sorry a** daddy never gave him…
    I think the officers done a great job of keeping their cool… The officers talked and talked to the thug to try to co operate with them… Then he wants to spit on them? Officer West must be a very laid back man… Anyone else would have doubled up their fist and knocked the punk out….
    I hate it for the officers and their families for the suspensions…. They don’t make near the money that they are worth for serving and protecting us….
    One good thing about this video it shows us just a short clip of the crap these officers put up with to serve and protect us….

    • charlie sears Reply

      March 30, 2014 at 3:13 am

      I highly dout we seen the whole video. cuz they don’t want there family too look bad

  15. Steven Sheets Reply

    July 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Ok I have procrastinated on leaving my input on this for long enough….I call the officers actions “pure justice” if you wanna be a punk your gonna get treated like a punk…..I know west outside of his job and hate to see all this critisisim against him…..like someone stated in a comment earlier ” its the officers duty to go home in the same condition he went on duty in no matter if he needed to be defensive ” these two men were up to no good obviously and needed a little sense knocked into them anyways.

  16. anonymous1 Reply

    July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    To clarify, Green deployed his baton BEFORE the cuffs were on. Totally acceptable and necessary. Slaps in the face and a foot to the head AFTER the cuffs were on was not necessary. Granted, the drunk thug pieces of crap totally deserved every bit of it and probably more.

    Thanks to them crossing the line now the deputies who truly have to use force will be questioned more. They let their ego get the best of them (probably not the first time condisering how comfy Keller looked using that dudes face as a foot stool) They knew they were violating procedure and did it anyways. Good job to the trooper who came forward and good job to the deputies who do what they can to come home at night but still don’t cross that line.

  17. Justice Matters Reply

    July 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    So glad the AR State Police use video cams. I’m not sure the entire video was produced on this site, but I clearly heard the difference in professionalism of the state officer vs. the GCSD officer (Green). The video shown on television shows the incidences in the booking room. I did a google search and was shocked at how many GCSD deputies have been in trouble and the media has covered it. If multiple deputies have been caught on tape misusing their badge, just think about the ones that we never hear about. There are a lot of hidden issues within this department clearly. I wonder if the Chief at the HSPD has a twin brother that could take over the leadership of the GCSD, so they will receive proper training and put them all on a physical fitness plan. There was another incident where a AR state police officer had a vehicle pulled over. A GCSD deputy pulled up in an unmarked vehicle and the video cam showed that deputy taking drugs (I believe hydrocodone) out of the back of the vehicle that was pulled over. That particular deputy was allowed to resign the department. Hopefully with all the questionability of the GCSD actions recently there will be an internal investigation. Us taxpayers are funding for the new jail and it needs professional law enforcement officers that truly protect and service our community. There is a handbook given to GC employees and those rules are in place for a reason. Many of them have been broken and knowingly by those in command. When rules are broken their is a chain of people adversely affected. It sets a standard that its ok to break the rules in the handbook when those in command just turn the other cheek, simply because they wear a badge. Every action causes a reaction. Now is the time for anyone and everyone that knows something to go forward with it. If you don’t feel safe with the GCSD, go to the FBI and tell them your story. I’m not scrutinizing the two men recently put on leave (although they both have the short man syndrome), they may be good men and thought they were doing the right thing. Video’s and tape recorders don’t lie. If an officer wants to protect himself in these situations then they should turn on the video cam and UPHOLD the law accordingly.

  18. BOBBY501 Reply

    July 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Trooper Crook is a POS excuse for a state trooper that no body not even his own daughter likes. Officer Kellar is probably the best officer that garland county has ever had. I would question what Crooks true intentions were for releasing this video! Did he leak this video for political reasons or because he is a good guy?

    • charlie sears Reply

      March 30, 2014 at 3:19 am

      well look bobby the state police needs to reveal yahs dirty asses once and for all.

  19. Amabo Mister Reply

    October 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Cpl Kellar and all of his brothers are the biggest butt holes in the county. Law enforcement position is exactly the type of job this guy does not need. He is an arrogant butt hole on and off the job. Flashed his badge at me the other day trying to intimidate me. Good thing Sheriff Sanders is not running for another term because I darn sure would not vote for him.

  20. dash cam Reply

    February 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    What we’re seeing here are law enforcement officials going about their duties, and being scrutinized for excessive use of force. Oh not to mention of course the dashcam video showing another side to a story. But the thing is, cops will be damned if they took action, and damned if they don’t. A witch hunt ensures of course following controversial media footage to hold those accountable for their actions. Who are the winners and losers in this situation?

    • kellie Reply

      May 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      My ex husband is living with the youngest suspects mother ( mary hoover) i know what kind of people the hoovers are. This is exactly why i was scared every time my son went to visit his sorry ass father, and this is why it will never happen again. Pot and alcohol revolve around these people….. no wonder he spit and cussed, his mother has no morals so why should he.

  21. dad Reply

    July 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Maybe officer green should be investegated

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