It happened at a private Halloween party at the restaurant Ferneau in Hillcrest on Saturday, October 29th.
Little Rock Police Lt. David Hudson was there working security.
Chris Erwin, who wasn't invited to the party, was asked to leave. Police say Erwin resisted arrest, his attorney says that's not true. Erwin was injured in the incident, required stitches and temporarily lost sight in his right eye.
The FOP sent the following letter to local media on Wednesday:
As the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police we would like to address the media attention and exposure that Lt. David Hudson is receiving over the resisting and subsequent arrest of Chris Erwin at Ferneau Restaurant on October 29th, 2011.
It seems that it has become a common practice by some of the mainstream media to portray Police Officers as unprofessional, violent, unethical and power crazed individuals. On the contrary, our job is extremely difficult under the best circumstances and even more so when the entire events are not told.
The video that was released and shown of the arrest that night is only a brief fraction of the entire event that happened. Rather than jump to a conclusion and assumption of what is right and wrong, we should all allow the investigation into the entire incident to take place.
Lt. Hudson immediately reported and documented the arrest and subsequent use of force and now an internal investigation is in progress. When the investigation is concluded and all the facts are known, then and only then should anyone form an opinion.
Being as this IS an on-going investigation we, as an organization, will not get into or discuss specifics of the arrest. In conclusion, we live in very difficult times and we have to make decisions to keep the peace and sometimes they are difficult to watch. Again we ask that the investigation be able to be conducted and all the facts to be known before deciding what is right and wrong.
Kevin "Bart" Simpson
President- Little Rock F.O.P.
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