Attorneys for the family of a man shot and killed by Little Rock police filed a motion asking the judge to remove the city attorney from the case Monday.
City Attorney Tom Carpenter is representing police department and officers involved in the shooting death of Eugene Ellison. In a 17 page motion filed Monday, the Ellison family attorney argues Carpenter is too deeply involved in deadly force case reviews and should be removed from the case.
“As an adviser on the review board he is in a position to make recommendations to Chief Thomas. Whether they are followed or not and the basis and reason for those recommendations are fertile grounds of discovery and we should be able to ask him about that,” said attorney Mike Laux.
In the motion, Laux argues the city attorney also trains officers on the legalities of deadly force, which he considers a conflict of interest.
By phone, Carpenter responded to the filing by saying he believes the claims have been discussed and they do not jeopardize his ability to fairly represent the City of Little Rock.
The judge has the final decision.