JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The internal affairs investigation of last week's parking protest involving Jonesboro police officers has concluded.
The investigation began after off-duty officers parked 23 police units at the Jonesboro Municipal Center, 300 N. Church St., last Monday.
The investigation is to ensure no officers were neglecting duties at the time of the protest.
According to Chief Elliott, two supervisors who were involved with the parking incident will be suspended for three days without pay.
"They are held to a higher expectation than the patrol officers," Chief Elliott said in an exclusive interview with Region 8 News. "They failed to do their duties as a supervisors."
The supervisors will begin their time off on their next scheduled work day.
The patrol officers involved will not be reprimanded.
The officers will not be allowed to take home their patrol units anymore, though.
They will have to submit a letter to try and get that "benefit" back, as Elliott called it.
The officers are also prohibited from using any police equipment to protest or there will be more consequences.
The parked cars were meant to send a message to Mayor Harold Perrin and other city leaders over pay.
A response released by the city said that Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot had no prior knowledge of the "exhibition of protest."
In the letter left for the city, it stated some officers were afraid to voice their opinions because they were afraid of being punished.
It stated those who have spoken out in the past have have been punished.
Elliott said the punishment mentioned did not occur during his administration and that he has an open door policy for officers.
The pay situation has been an ongoing issue for the Jonesboro Police Department.
Officers have brought the situation to the city council before also.
During a city council meeting in December, officers stood up and said they would still do their job despite their issues with pay.
A former JPD officer spoke to Region 8 News last week and said pay is a major issue in the department.
Tj Burns now protects and serves in Bay for a better salary and a better outlook. He said he felt that he wasn't valuable at JPD.
The following statement was released by the Jonesboro Police Department Monday evening:
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