After further investigation of a deadly shooting that left a 15 year old child dead, an officer is now charged with manslaughter. Past reprimands show a continuing problem with the officer.
As reported by KFSM News, Little Rock Police Department officer Josh Hastings, has now been charged with manslaughter in a shooting case that left 15 year old Bobby Moore deceased. Little Rock Police Chief, Stuart Thomas, says "I have reviewed this matter and have concluded that the incident did not occur in the manner represented by the officer and that the use of deadly force did not conform to Departmental Orders."
The charges stem from an investigating into the shooting which found that the officer involved had lied about the details of the scene. Officer Hastings reported to a call August 12th about a vehicle break in. At one point in the investigation Officer Hastings noted that the car involved was heading toward him and past him as he approached the scene.Officer Hastings then shot at the suspects inside the vehicle, in the end leaving Moore deceased from a gun shot. Through an investigation, evidence showed that the vehicle not only stopped several feet in front of him but tried to reverse in the opposite direction. Officer Hastings was placed on paid leave during the on the job shooting.
Recently Hastings' job review became public showing an unstable work history with many reprimands. Highlighting just a few that were reported by TodaysTHV, Hastings' job performance was less than a picture of perfection. In one instance officer Hastings was placed on suspension for failure to log proper documents and wrongly identified a suspect. In another offense, Hastings failed to activate emergency equipment, at one point lied to dispatch about location, and drove at unsafe speeds.