Bella Vista Officer Charged in Deadly Shooting

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The officer involved in a deadly shooting in Bella Vista is now facing criminal charges.
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Ron

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One other thing, Outraged. In my opinion, being a good police officer requires 95% common sense and 5% knowledge of the law. Those lacking common sense don't tend to do well as police officers.
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OK Ron then what do you think the BVPD should do now to regain there reputation back? Do they need to disband and rebuild with new officer or replace the Chef or what? Do you think you need to come out of retirement and run for Chef? The BV community does not have much faith left in its PD and some are just plane scared to call them if needed.
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Ron wrote:
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Your assessment is on point, leaving out arrogance and self-serving (among others), but, we differ on the numbers. I may be prejudiced in saying this, but roughly 90% of those I have had dealings with and observed have been good people, who want to do their job to the best of their ability. Folks I'd go to a BBQ with.
I can understand what "Check" is saying; however, realistically speaking, Brackney's only possible defense for his actions has been to somehow show Ahern as the aggressor. The most damning and decisive evidence, in my opinion, is the 20 something second delay between the first volley and the final shot. The question that comes to my mind is: Can that 20+ second delay be considered as evidence of premeditation? If it can, that gives rise to more questions.
Thanks for your insight.
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Ron, extremely interesting post. From your previous posts I would have never pegged you for someone with a background in law enforcement.
My background is that of an engineer, employer and real estate developer. My experience with law enforcement consists of employee theft, property crimes and burglary(maybe 15 times in 25 years). Based on that experienced I sum law enforcement up as follows: Half of those who work in law enforcement are honest, reasonably hard working and sensible people, the kind of person I could enjoy visiting with at a BBQ. The other half are made of people with mentality of a grade school bully and the only way they have found to be noticed is to put on a badge and uniform (hiring standards are much too low in my opinion). They look for ways to show their authority (aggressive and rude behavior at traffic stops and the like). Occasionally this type of officer pushes that attitude a little to far and they become a Coleman Brackney.
Am I off base? Your thoughts on the subject are welcomed.
Only your percentages are off base. Far, far more than half are people in the profession are doing a gooding job. We seem to hear about when they screw up and seem to focus on that but we never really hear about how they so often go above and beyond what the average citizen does to assist others in trouble or just need a little help. Yes, occasionally a person who doesn't deserve to be in law enforcement gets in, but again, I certainly don't think that represents anywhere near half the people in the profession.

Law enforcement is like many other businesses. You screen applicants, perform background checks and candidates even go through psychological evaluation and testing before they are hired. Several people are involved in the decision making process, still, the world is not a perfect place and a bad egg can slip through.

Still, even after a person has been hired and even worked for a while, the stresses of everyday life can change people. Things can just unpredictably go wrong sometimes.

Thats my take on things, BTW, I enjoy BBQ with friends as well.
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Thanks for your insight.
I appreciate that, Outraged.
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OK Ron then what do you think the BVPD should do now to regain there reputation back? Do they need to disband and rebuild with new officer or replace the Chef or what? Do you think you need to come out of retirement and run for Chef? The BV community does not have much faith left in its PD and some are just plane scared to call them if needed.
Sorry for the delayed response, Billy Bob; but, it was my turn to fix breakfast for the kids.

The way I look at it, Billy Bob, it's not what BVPD can do; it's what the community can do. We can recognize this incident for what it is: a serious error in judgment and misuse of authority, with deadly consequences, committed by one man and hold that man solely accountable for his actions. We need to realize the rest of BVPD did not do this and should not suffer the blame for what Brackney did. To my knowledge, this was an extremely rare occurrence, with a Bella Vista police officer being involved in a shooting incident. We all know this is a peaceful community and one reason it is has to do with the continued efforts of the current members of BVPD. If the current Chief had done anything to attempt to cover this, or hinder the investigation, then I would join in and say he needs to be replaced; but, I don't see that to be the case. To me, it just seems inherently wrong to blame someone for what somebody else did. What I see is a man who probably experienced this type incident for the first time in his career, recognized that he was inexperienced, and had common sense enough to get an outside agency in to conduct an investigation. The Chief probably thought that would remove any hint of impropriety; instead, he was blamed for the length of time the investigation took, an investigation that he entirely nothing to do with and absolutely no control over. In my opinion, the man does not need to be replaced, he needs to be thanked for being responsible enough to get the best investigators he could to handle this matter for his community. Instead of looking for another Chief, I am ready to stand beside the one we have.
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Only your percentages are off base. Far, far more than half are people in the profession are doing a good job. We seem to hear about when they screw up and seem to focus on that but we never really hear about how they so often go above and beyond what the average citizen does to assist others in trouble or just need a little help. Yes, occasionally a person who doesn't deserve to be in law enforcement gets in, but again, I certainly don't think that represents anywhere near half the people in the profession.
Law enforcement is like many other businesses. You screen applicants, perform background checks and candidates even go through psychological evaluation and testing before they are hired. Several people are involved in the decision making process, still, the world is not a perfect place and a bad egg can slip through.
Still, even after a person has been hired and even worked for a while, the stresses of everyday life can change people. Things can just unpredictably go wrong sometimes.
Thats my take on things, BTW, I enjoy BBQ with friends as well.
Amen! Let's not fail to mention the one's that pass the polygraph, God knows how.
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Sorry for the delayed response, Billy Bob; but, it was my turn to fix breakfast for the kids.
The way I look at it, Billy Bob, it's not what BVPD can do; it's what the community can do. We can recognize this incident for what it is: a serious error in judgment and misuse of authority, with deadly consequences, committed by one man and hold that man solely accountable for his actions. We need to realize the rest of BVPD did not do this and should not suffer the blame for what Brackney did. To my knowledge, this was an extremely rare occurrence, with a Bella Vista police officer being involved in a shooting incident. We all know this is a peaceful community and one reason it is has to do with the continued efforts of the current members of BVPD. If the current Chief had done anything to attempt to cover this, or hinder the investigation, then I would join in and say he needs to be replaced; but, I don't see that to be the case. To me, it just seems inherently wrong to blame someone for what somebody else did. What I see is a man who probably experienced this type incident for the first time in his career, recognized that he was inexperienced, and had common sense enough to get an outside agency in to conduct an investigation. The Chief probably thought that would remove any hint of impropriety; instead, he was blamed for the length of time the investigation took, an investigation that he entirely nothing to do with and absolutely no control over. In my opinion, the man does not need to be replaced, he needs to be thanked for being responsible enough to get the best investigators he could to handle this matter for his community. Instead of looking for another Chief, I am ready to stand beside the one we have.
Ron sounds like the kind of guy I could enjoy BBQ with.
Ron

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Ron sounds like the kind of guy I could enjoy BBQ with.
Absolutely!
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Here is an idea...How about when this is all over the BVPD fires all of its officers and they have to apply for there jobs again with a higher qualification needed and the hiring panel is to be made up of independent people? This would lessen this type of thing happening again.
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The point I have tried to make concerning the police chief is that both he and the mayor saw the same evidence that Van Stone used to indict Brackney. Again, it is my opinion that the 90 day paid leave was the wrong coarse of action in light of the evidence. Brackney should have been fired AND investigated by a third party.

The Ahern family attorneys will make a great deal of hay with that information.

Billy Bob: I like your idea of citizens being part of the hiring process for police. Maybe a Citizen Review Board to help handle complaints. Most professional registration boards have members from the general public.
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Only your percentages are off base. Far, far more than half are people in the profession are doing a gooding job. We seem to hear about when they screw up and seem to focus on that but we never really hear about how they so often go above and beyond what the average citizen does to assist others in trouble or just need a little help. Yes, occasionally a person who doesn't deserve to be in law enforcement gets in, but again, I certainly don't think that represents anywhere near half the people in the profession.
Law enforcement is like many other businesses. You screen applicants, perform background checks and candidates even go through psychological evaluation and testing before they are hired. Several people are involved in the decision making process, still, the world is not a perfect place and a bad egg can slip through.
Still, even after a person has been hired and even worked for a while, the stresses of everyday life can change people. Things can just unpredictably go wrong sometimes.
Thats my take on things, BTW, I enjoy BBQ with friends as well.
I would like to think that I am wrong in my assessment as to the number of bad apples. Certainly in larger departments there are more resources to screen applicants (and more money to pay for good employees). Small departments seem to have a bigger problem with poorly qualified officers and many times the local mayor and city council use them as a means of revenue production. "Vigorous Enforcement" of questionable traffic laws does not make for good community relations.

White Hat and Ron: How would you feel about working in a department that had a citizen review board judging you if a complaint were to be made?
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<quoted text> The way I look at it, Billy Bob, it's not what BVPD can do; it's what the community can do. We can recognize this incident for what it is: a serious error in judgment and misuse of authority, with deadly consequences, committed by one man and hold that man solely accountable for his actions. We need to realize the rest of BVPD did not do this and should not suffer the blame for what Brackney did. To my knowledge, this was an extremely rare occurrence, with a Bella Vista police officer being involved in a shooting incident. We all know this is a peaceful community and one reason it is has to do with the continued efforts of the current members of BVPD. If the current Chief had done anything to attempt to cover this, or hinder the investigation, then I would join in and say he needs to be replaced; but, I don't see that to be the case. To me, it just seems inherently wrong to blame someone for what somebody else did.
As noted above, this unfortunate incident basically 'directly' involved one public police officer, Coleman Duke Brackney but leadership starts at the very TOP of which IS an elected official, Mayor Frank Anderson, then NEXT under the mayor is the appointed public official/officer, Police Chief Ken Farmer. It appears to me that some folks appear unfamiliar with an organizational chart. Leaders do and should receive credit for those under their command when times are good and everything is running like a well-oiled machine. In fairness, when times are not so good, leaders take and should share the responsibility. Police Chief Ken Farmer needs to take responsibility for the actions of the officer under his command, Coleman Duke Brackney, while Mayor Frank Anderson needs to take responsibility for Police Chief Ken Farmer.

In addition, I get a kick out of the talk here with BBQs. It appears to me that some folks treat this like some sort of picnic.--not so. Sure, I understand that many deals are cut on the golf course in support of private profit making business but this is a whole different situation because this is public business on behalf of the taxpayers who hold their officials accountable for the leadership they provide in times of both good & bad. You see, a problem is that some people to include leaders appear unable to separate public business from their personal business or relationships.--Some folks call this a good ole boy network.

In closure, in trying times, leadership can be VERY lonely and may include making tough calls....and folks, this is NO BBQ or picnic!

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Gulf War Vet:

"To those that much is given, much is expected". The police are given a great deal of authority (and in some instances poorly supervised). When this authority is abused nothing less than the Wrath of God should be the response.

I agree with your previous post concerning leadership.
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"To those that much is given, much is expected". The police are given a great deal of authority (and in some instances poorly supervised). When this authority is abused nothing less than the Wrath of God should be the response.
I agree with your previous post concerning leadership.
Thank you "Outraged"!

BTW, I have considerable experience in organizational management and have personally seen military base commanders FIRED for the actions or lack thereof from those under their command. The pucker factor was high!

Though I do mention that I possess experience, I see no need to post some form of resume.

Gulf War Vet
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I would like to think that I am wrong in my assessment as to the number of bad apples. Certainly in larger departments there are more resources to screen applicants (and more money to pay for good employees). Small departments seem to have a bigger problem with poorly qualified officers and many times the local mayor and city council use them as a means of revenue production.
True, they are often used to supplement the budget. There are government grants available for additional officers, equipment, etc. Incentive pay grades, based on education, could be considered.
"Vigorous Enforcement" of questionable traffic laws does not make for good community relations.
I could not agree more. Most people may have need of, or come in contact with, a police officer once in his/her life. The "first impression" the officer gives reflects his/her character, integrity and professionalism, as well as that of the department, and may last a lifetime.
White Hat and Ron: How would you feel about working in a department that had a citizen review board judging you if a complaint were to be made?
I have already a/k/a mayor and city council.
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As noted above, this unfortunate incident basically 'directly' involved one public police officer, Coleman Duke Brackney but leadership starts at the very TOP of which IS an elected official, Mayor Frank Anderson, then NEXT under the mayor is the appointed public official/officer, Police Chief Ken Farmer. It appears to me that some folks appear unfamiliar with an organizational chart. Leaders do and should receive credit for those under their command when times are good and everything is running like a well-oiled machine. In fairness, when times are not so good, leaders take and should share the responsibility. Police Chief Ken Farmer needs to take responsibility for the actions of the officer under his command, Coleman Duke Brackney, while Mayor Frank Anderson needs to take responsibility for Police Chief Ken Farmer.
In addition, I get a kick out of the talk here with BBQs. It appears to me that some folks treat this like some sort of picnic.--not so. Sure, I understand that many deals are cut on the golf course in support of private profit making business but this is a whole different situation because this is public business on behalf of the taxpayers who hold their officials accountable for the leadership they provide in times of both good & bad. You see, a problem is that some people to include leaders appear unable to separate public business from their personal business or relationships.--Some folks call this a good ole boy network.
In closure, in trying times, leadership can be VERY lonely and may include making tough calls....and folks, this is NO BBQ or picnic!
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Spoken like a true military man. The problem is this is not the military. This is a civilian process. Neither the mayor or they chief has gone anything wrong. What good would it do for either of them to fall on a sword? It would serve no purpose at all. Granted..., this is no BBQ or picnic..., what it is, is a good point to move on and let things settle down and let Bella Vista be the town it was before that day back in January. Things were pretty good back then
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Spoken like a true military man. The problem is this is not the military. This is a civilian process. Neither the mayor or they chief has gone anything wrong. What good would it do for either of them to fall on a sword? It would serve no purpose at all. Granted..., this is no BBQ or picnic..., what it is, is a good point to move on and let things settle down and let Bella Vista be the town it was before that day back in January. Things were pretty good back then
Both are supported by tax dollars, both serve the public and not themselves, and both their existence are meant to instill public confidence.

Prior to this unfortunate incident, there were reported issues.

I would have a beer anytime with Frank Anderson or Ken Farmer but desire a new mayor and police chief respectively.

Regardless-- November election forthcoming....

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Now that Brackney has his crediential back he may wind up in your community wearing a badge and a gun..good luck...

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