Personnel file offers look into Marion police officer’s background

Personnel file offers look into Marion police officer’s background

MARION, AR (WMC) - The personnel file of Lieutenant Freddy Williams offers some insight into the well-decorated Marion Police officer.

Williams is facing charges after officers secretly taped him going into the narcotics evidence room and taking drugs.

An affidavit shows he admitted to smoking the marijuana he stole.

Documents from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training show Williams was asked about his experiences or beliefs concerning the use of marijuana.

"I have smoked marijuana in the past when I was around the college crowd. Due to the fact it is a controlled substance I feel people should not use it," Williams wrote.

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Another document shows an undated memo from the commander of the Special Response Team.

The commander requests Williams turn in all of his special equipment because another officer replace him.

The memo says “it is best for all involved to replace you at this time.” The date on the letter, as well as other documents, were redacted.

Documents also show Williams was involved in a deadly shooting back in January 2003.

He was conducting a traffic stop when a suspect took off driving. After a pursuit, the car stopped and shots were fired. Williams was shot in the face and the suspect was killed. Williams still has a .45 caliber bullet in his neck.

He is now on leave without pay.

WMC spoke to his attorney Thursday. He said his client still intends on entering a not guilty plea.

We also reached out to Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley and asked why dates were redacted from certain documents.

We have not heard back.

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