- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Police is investigating a situation in which a Highway Patrol corporal is accused of writing a traffic ticket to spite a Crittenden County police department.

Jericho Police Chief Roy Hill filed a complaint with state police May 10, saying Cpl. Mickey Strayhorn had stopped and cited an on-duty officer, Manuel Borjorn, for not wearing a seat belt, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/25i3TnW ) reported.

Hill said the town’s police department had citied Strayhorn’s son twice for speeding in February and April. According to the complaint, the first citation was dismissed through a “courtesy request” from the Crittenden County sheriff’s office, but the second wasn’t.

Hill said that he believes Strayhorn issued the ticket to the officer in retaliation.

“As a result of my officers issuing a citation to the trooper’s son, it is my total belief that Trooper Strayhorn was retaliating against my officers,” Hill wrote in the complaint. “Trooper Strayhorn made a direct point to come to Jericho to do what he did.”

The complaint states that Strayhorn also gave Borjorn a warning citation for driving 15 miles per hour above the speed limit. Another officer in the vehicle wasn’t cited.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Strayhorn has remained on duty since the investigation began. He declined to comment further.

“Until the investigation is formally closed, it would be inappropriate to respond to questions,” Sadler said.

Arkansas law requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. There is no exemption for law enforcement officers.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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