Video: Arkansas State Police Reviewing Officer Conduct In Michael Dyer Traffic Stop

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Jul. 30, 2012 10:55 am  

This image from an Arkansas state trooper's dashcam comes from video taken after a traffic stop of running back Michael Dyer. Click on the video below to hear audio. (Photo by Arkansas State Police)

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Arkansas State Police are conducting an internal investigation of a March traffic stop involving former Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer.

Dyer was dismissed from the team on Sunday. He was stopped on March 10 by trooper Royce Denney, whose cruiser video is at the center of the investigation.

Arkansas State police released the video through a Freedom of Information Act request by Denney discovered a gun and marijuana in the car, but let Dyer go with a $175 speeding ticket.

Denney and Dyer talk during the video about the player, who recently transferred from Auburn, knowing he is hurting his career.

“Carrying a pistol around. Uncool,” Denney said. “You’ve got a career ahead of you, but you’re being a total dumbass right now.”

Here's the statement from the Arkansas State Police on the Michael Dyer traffic stop:

Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police, has received a final report from the department’s Office of Professional Standards and the Command Staff Review Board relative to an internal investigation of a March 10th 2012 traffic stop by State Trooper Royce Denney.

The traffic stop involved two vehicles, one operated by Michael Dyer and the other by Ronnie Wright.

Both drivers were cited by Trooper Denney for speeding 96 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.  The tickets are on file at White County District Court.

A copy of the traffic stop video recording captured by Trooper Denney’s patrol car camera has been released under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Presently there is a personnel matter associated with the investigation of Trooper Denney pending before Colonel Howard and at this time the department is prohibited from acknowledging any further information about the internal investigation. will update this post.



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