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Woman alleges AR officers used excessive force arresting her son

(Source: Kathy Dickerson-Rose) (Source: Kathy Dickerson-Rose)
LeRoydrick Rashad Dickerson, 27 (Source: Texarkana, AR Police Department) LeRoydrick Rashad Dickerson, 27 (Source: Texarkana, AR Police Department)

A woman alleges that Texarkana, Ark., police used excessive force when they arrested her son Sunday night.

"I don't understand what is the purpose of them doing all this after my son was in handcuffs," said Kathy Dickerson-Rose, who shared cellphone video she says she shot during part of the arrest.

"I couldn't really watch the video seeing my child being handled like that. Not one, not two but four police officers."

A Police Department spokesperson said the officers followed proper procedures when they arrested 27-year-old LeRoydrick Rashad Dickerson.

"All the officers involved, I want to see something done about it," Dickerson's mother said.

The events started just before 10 p.m. Sunday when officers tried to pull over a red Ford Mustang in the 3500 block of Ash Street for reportedly speeding and driving in the wrong lane.

Authorities said officers tried to stop the car Dickerson was driving but he continued for four blocks before stopping the vehicle in a parking lot in the 3300 block of Stateline Road and walking away. 

After allegedly ignoring several commands to stop, police said, he reached into his waistband as if he was trying to retrieve something.

Fearing it might be a weapon, officers said they tried to restrain Dickerson but he resisted. They got him on the ground and handcuffed him after a brief struggle. 

KSLA News 12 spoke with Dickerson when he called his mother Monday afternoon from the Miller County Jail. 

"Before I know it, they were all over me like, you are resisting. I'm not resisting," Dickerson said.

When it was noted that officers thought he was going after a gun, Dickerson said: "No, no, I never draw no gun nor nothing."

Police said they found a loaded .22-caliber pistol in Dickerson's right front pocket after taking him into custody.

Even so, his mother still thinks police did not respond properly.

"No, they didn't because they didn't know anything about a weapon on him until they searched him after he had been pulled up from the ground."

Authorities said Dickerson also had a large bag of marijuana, a small bag of marijuana, a large sum of money, a digital scale and another loaded pistol in his possession when they arrested him.

He has since been booked on one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, fleeing, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Dickerson already was on supervised probation after being convicted and sentenced to three years with the Arkansas Department of Corrections over the theft of a firearm.

He now is being held in the Miller County Jail while awaiting his court first appearance.

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