LITTLE ROCK - Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton declined Wednesday to identify the Monticello police officer who was involved in a scuffle Saturday with an 18-year-old man who later died.
Deaton also declined to say whether the officer was still on active duty Wednesday.
Kendrick Brown died at Drew Memorial Hospital about an hour after a scuffle with the officer at a Monticello apartment complex, the Monticello Police Department said in a news release earlier this week.
The officer went to the scene in response to a report of domestic violence. Brown became irate and grabbed the officer by the neck, leading to a struggle that ended when the officer used a Taser to subdue Brown, according to the release.
Asked Wednesday about the officer’s identity and status, Deaton referred all questions to Bill Sadler, spokesman for the Arkansas State Police, which is investigating Brown’s death.
Sadler said the Arkansas State Police normally leaves it up to local law enforcement agencies to disclose information about their officers. He later said Deaton had advised him he would not release information on the officer at this time.
Brown’s body was taken to the state Crime Lab in Little Rock for a determination of the manner and cause of his death. As of Wednesday state police had not received a report from the Crime Lab, Sadler said.