Mayor Kevin Smith's update to the public on the police situation where an officer pulled a gun on Ed Truitt that was captured on social media video was interrupted by loud outbursts from a woman in attendance.
Mayor Kevin Smith’s update to the public on the police situation where an officer pulled a gun on Ed Truitt that was captured on social media video was interrupted by loud outbursts from a woman in attendance, later identified as Cynethia Stephens-Otis.
As Smith answered a question from Council Member Wanda Crockett regarding Police Chief Patrick Smith and his medical status, Stephens-Otis jumped out of seat and yelled “You put it out on Facebook!.” She was then observed by the capacity crowd at the June 4 city council meeting as she went on a tirade.
Smith directed police officers at the meeting to deal with the situation, and as she was being escorted out, Stephens-Otis called out to the officers, “You better not touch me. You better let me walk.”
The two police officers and crowd watched as she departed the premises.
After order was restored, Smith said that the investigation was ongoing and that the Arkansas State Police were involved. The officer involved is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the results of the investigation.
Smith told the council that the Police Chief would give a full update to them as soon as the investigation was complete. He said, “I am talking with the Police Chief on a daily basis. It will be next week at the earliest before any findings from the inquiry will be available.”
As members of the city council sought to ask more questions, City Attorney Andre Valley told the council, “You need to let the investigation run its course…Don’t take any action until the investigation is complete.”
Following that discussion in a meeting that was already running three hours long, a motion was made by Council member Joe St. Columbia to adjourn, which never received a second. Eventually, the other council members as well as the crowd departed, and a quorum to do further business was no longer present, effectively ending the meeting.