LITTLE ROCK, Ark — A veteran Little Rock police sergeant, well known for helping at-risk teens, has been suspended by the department.
LRPD said Sergeant Willie Davis has been suspended for several days. It’s shocking news for people like Sayveon Lambert.
Lambert had every reason to turn down a bad road after his father was shot and killed by Little Rock police in 2011
“It really tore me down,” said Lambert. “It kind of terrified me though.”
Instead he joined the ‘OK Program’, where Lambert said Sgt. Davis became his mentor and changed his life for the better.
“He stays on to us about our work and told us to make sure you have good grades in school,” said Lambert.
Now, it’s Sgt. Davis’ life that has been changed.
LRPD said Sgt. Davis has been suspended without pay for 10 days.
“It hurts me,” said Lambert.
Sgt. Davis wouldn’t talk on camera, but said for now, he is only allowed to be with the ‘OK program’ on a volunteer basis.
“I don’t know what we would do without Sarge,” said Lambert.
Sgt. Davis said his suspension is related to his handling of a racial slur posted on a police recruit’s personal Facebook page, which Sgt. Davis found out about back in November.
Sgt. Davis took the information to the Little Rock Black Police Officers Association (LRBPOA) first.
“Willie, at that time, wanted to further the investigation by bringing it to the black police officers association and we were attacking it from there to get behind what was going on with the post,” said Sgt. Rodney Lewis, LRBPOA President.
Sgt. Lewis said Sgt. Davis should have instead taken the knowledge someplace else first.
“You would have to report that to the individual’s chain of command,” said Sgt. Lewis.
Sgt. Davis has served with LRPD for 26 years.
“I thought that the suspension was a little heavy. Willie has had little to no discipline since he’s been at the department. He’s always involved in the community. He puts the department in a good light every chance that he can,” said Sgt. Lewis. “Maybe a one day suspension, letter reprimand … oral reprimand … or something in that nature, I think, would probably suffice.”
Sgt. Davis said he should be back in uniform Feb. 5, but he plans on appealing the suspension to, hopefully, get back to work sooner.