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Arkansas Set to Execute 8 Men in 11 Days

The state of Arkansas is set to execute 8 men over the course of 11 days starting the day after Easter.

The unprecedented string of executions would constitute the greatest number of executions in the shortest span of time since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976.

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Arkansas Bill Would Limit Distribution of Videos Showing Officers Being Killed

The Arkansas state legislature is considering a bill to restrict the distribution of videos showing the killing of police officers.

Rep. Jimmy Gazaway introduced the bill, which recently passed the Arkansas House by a 94-0 vote, that would limit the distribution of video showing officers being killed unless public interest in the particular case outweighed the government's desire to keep the video private.

The legislation arose after incidents in which videos showing officers being killed were extensively shared on social media. In some cases, the family of the officers killed saw the videos on their social media feeds, causing unnecessary suffering.

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Arkansas Deputy Attacked With Knife, Suspect Shot Dead

Corporal Brad Robinson;  Photo: via arkansasonline.com

Corporal Brad Robinson; Photo: via arkansasonline.com

A Washington County (AR) Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed a suspect on Wednesday afternoon after the suspect apparently attacked the deputy with a knife. 

The incident unfolded at a Fayetteville tire shop while the deputy was having a tire repaired.

The suspect, described as a white male, apparently pulled a knife from his bag and attacked the officer.

The unprovoked attack forced Corporal Brad Robinson to use his weapon to stop the suspect. Corporal Robinson suffered no injuries in the incident.

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Arkansas Corrections Officer Killed in Jail Attack

Lisa Maudlin;  Photo: Facebook via georgianewsday.com

Lisa Maudlin; Photo: Facebook via georgianewsday.com

A Corrections Officer at the Miller County Jail in Texarkana, AR was killed on Sunday after being attacked by an inmate. Another officer was also attacked and seriously injured in the incident.

Officer Lisa Maudlin was attacked by suspect Tramell MacKenzie Hunter in the kitchen area at around 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Although it was unclear what the motivation was for the attack, Hunter said in a court appearance on Monday, "I just want to apologize to everyone for what happened."

He added, "I just felt she was messing with my life."

Officer Maudlin was 47-years old.

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UPDATE: K9 Kina, Wounded in Wednesday Shootout, Has Been Found Alive

K9 Kina;  Photo: via Facebook.com

K9 Kina; Photo: via Facebook.com

Greenwood Police (AR) K9 Kina, injured in a Wednesday shootout that left Sebastian County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper dead and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells injured, has been found alive.

Kina had fled the scene after being shot by an assailant.

A massive search had been underway since the K9 went missing. On Friday morning, police confirmed that Kina had been found about two miles from the scene of the shooting. 

She apparently was found to have suffered two gunshot wounds. Kina was transported to a local veterinarian for treatment. 

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Search Underway for Wounded Arkansas Police K9

K9 Kina;  Photo: via Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson

K9 Kina; Photo: via Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson

A police K9 wounded in an Arkansas shootout that left one deputy killed and another wounded is missing after she ran away from the scene. 

K9 Kina was shot by suspect Billy Jones after he barricaded himself in a home following a shootout with police officers.

The initial shootout left Sebastian County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper dead and Hackett Chief of Police Darrell Spells injured.

K9 Kina was shot and wounded following the initial shootout when Jones allegedly opened fire on officers while barricaded in a home.

Kina ran away from the scene after being injured and has not been seen since.

Reports early Thursday indicated that Kina may have been spotted; however, the sighting has not been verified. Police continue to search for their missing K9 partner. 

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UPDATE: Arkansas Deputy Dies From Injuries Sustained in Shootout

Deputy Bill Cooper;  Photo: Sebastian County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Bill Cooper; Photo: Sebastian County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: The Sebastian County, AR Deputy shot in yesterday's confrontation with suspect Billy Jones has died.

Deputy Bill Cooper, 65, was transported to a local hospital after the shooting but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also shot and wounded; however, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Cooper was a 15-year veteran of the force.

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Two Arkansas Police Officers Shot, Wounded in Tense Standoff With Suspect

Suspected shooter Billy Jones;  Photo: HPD

Suspected shooter Billy Jones; Photo: HPD

An Arkansas police chief and deputy were shot and wounded during a gunfight with a suspect early Wednesday morning. 

The incident occurred after police were called to check on the welfare of the suspect, identified as Billy M. Jones.

Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells responded to the scene. 

It was at Jones's home that the shooting apparently occurred. Deputy Cooper was shot and is listed in extremely critical condition. 

Chief Spells was grazed by a bullet, treated, and released from the hospital.

After the shooting, Jones allegedly barricaded himself in his home, prompting a response from area SWAT teams. He was subsequently taken into custody after a several hours standoff. 

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Rapper Starts GoFundMe Page to Support Arkansas Police Officer

Rapper The Game;  Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP

Rapper The Game; Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP

Rapper "The Game" and his son, Harlem, have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to support an Arkansas police officer known for his generosity and outreach within the community he serves.

North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman became well known last year when his community outreach went viral on social media.

Officer Norman works diligently to help develop relationships with young people in the community he patrols. 

Officer Norman is known to hand out toys to underprivileged children, many of whom see him as a friend and member of their own community.

The Game and his son wanted to help support and promote Officer Norman's generous community outreach and have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the officer continue to provide for his community.

The Game said on social media after starting the page, "I was touched by how active [Norman] is in the Black community where he polices. My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don't know if he's rich but sometimes it doesn't take much to help those in need son..."

So far, the GoFundMe page has raised over $71,000!

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