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West Memphis Panel Calls for Police Chief's Resignation over Child's Fatal Shooting

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The West Memphis City Council has passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Police Chief Bob Paudert and two officers who were involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy.

The measure goes to the mayor, for his approval or veto.

West Memphis police Sergeant Erik Sammis, a white officer on a stakeout, shot DeAuntae Farrow as the boy played near an apartment complex on June 22.  Arkansas State Police say Sammis shot the boy because he was holding a toy gun that appeared real.  But Farrow's family says the boy held a bag of chips and a soda at the time of the shooting.  The resolution calls for the resignation of Sammis and Officer Jimmy Evans.

Paudert says there is no reason to bring about his ouster but that he'll get out if the mayor asks.

The council voted 6-4 along racial lines last night to call for the resignations.

Mayor Bill Johnson has five days to either approve or veto the resolution.

Evans returned to work Tuesday.  Paudert says Sammis' position is waiting for him if he decides to return.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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