Helena West-Helena police chief unhappy with county prosecutor

Helena West-Helena police chief unhappy with county prosecutor

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas police chief battles to fight the negatives portrayal of his city.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green said the city is known for not being tough on crime and he wants to change that but feels the prosecutor's office is letting dangerous people off the hook, according to a report from Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV.

In an incident earlier this year, a man was seen on surveillance video repeatedly hitting a woman over the head with a gun. Green said he thought with the video surveillance, witness statements, and the man's prior criminal history, he would be convicted of aggravated assault.

However, according to KATV, Phillips County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Todd Murray would not file the charge unless it was reduced to a misdemeanor.

"Since I've been here just a little over a year, I've seen a lot of cases that should have been prosecuted but were either plea bargained or charges were declined," Green told the news station.

Read more about Green's response by clicking here.

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