Prosecutor: not enough evidence to file charges against former police chief

Prosecutor: not enough evidence to file charges against former police chief
A prosecuting attorney says there's not enough evidence to file charges against former police chief in Damascus, AR. (Source: KARK)

DAMASCUS, AR (Source: KAIT/KARK) - A central Arkansas town is in upheaval after the announcement by Twentieth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Luke Ferguson that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against former Damascus Police Chief Rick Perry.

According to KARK, documents show Perry purchased more than $9,000 on a city credit card.

"Spending that was undocumented," says Ferguson.

Ferguson says the purchases include things from Amazon, Walmart, grocery items, and meals from restaurants, most of which were in or close to the city.

Documents show Ferguson could not file charges against Perry because "there was ongoing vagueness and some disagreement about which expenses were appropriate, but there is no written policy to clarify, and there is no evidence of clear action that would have required Perry to alter his known behavior."

"We have to end up at a beyond a reasonable doubt burden of proof and we just didn't think we could make it there with a judge or a jury," says Ferguson.

Perry was terminated early last year, the position of chief then went away leaving the mayor in charge of the police department.

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