Sheriff seeks more courthouse security

Courtroom Security Issues
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 sheriff wants more courthouse security after two people were arrested and one had to be tased at a recent court hearing.

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook wants to add more security in both county courthouses.

The arrests happened on April 29 at the Blytheville Circuit Court hearing for Jamal Akrom.

Akrom is the 52-year-old suspect facing first a degree murder charge in connection to the death of Linda Hatcher in March.

Henrietta Watt with the Blytheville Circuit Court said two of the victim's family members were arrested when they exchanged words with Akrom during the hearing.

Outside the courtroom, a sheriff's deputy tased one of them after things got out of hand.

After hearing about the incident, Sheriff Cook plans to meet with the Mississippi County Quorum Court to present recommendations for security in both courthouses, including security at all doors.

"We are going to request to the finance committee next week to try to fill some of our unfunded slots," Cook said. "I'm going to ask if they can fill the slots to help us out and dedicate those people strictly to courthouse security."

Cook also plans for deputies to be better trained.

"We've got two more days scheduled the week after next for court security training for our deputies that haven't had it," Cook said. "So, that's going to help also."

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