LITTLE ROCK — A former state trooper who was fired for improper conduct during a traffic stop of former Arkansas State University football player Michael Dyer has dropped his appeal, the state police said Tuesday.
Royce Denney had filed an appeal after being discharged July 27, just over two weeks after he stopped a vehicle driven by Dyer for speeding in White County. State police said Denney turned off the video camera of his police cruiser during the traffic stop and issued Dyer only a speeding ticket even though he found a gun and marijuana during a search of the vehicle.
In a termination letter, State Police Director Col. J.R. Howard told Denney, "Your conduct and repeated demonstrations of lack of judgment clearly shows that you are unable to conform to the standards of professionalism that is expected of a commissioned officer of the Arkansas State Police. Accordingly, your employment is hereby terminated."
On Tuesday, state police said it had notified the Arkansas State Police Commission of a letter received from Denney last week in which the former trooper formally withdrew his request for a hearing.
The commission had scheduled a hearing in the case for Sept. 13.
Dyer, who had transferred from Auburn to ASU, was dismissed from the team by new coach Gus Malzahn.