Swifton police chief resigns after video surfaces

Updated: Jul. 16, 2019 at 7:54 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -Swifton’s police chief, J.R. Moody, resigned Monday after a video surfaced on social media showing him in a curse-filled confrontation with a resident.

The city clerk confirmed to Region 8 News that Moody submitted his resignation around 8 a.m.

The video, which was shared by multiple people on Facebook and YouTube, showed Moody angrily confronting a driver while he was apparently off-duty.


This is how the Swifton Chief of Police treats people after he almost rear ended my vehicle with my kids in it. Clearly very intoxicated and driving. I called Jackson county pd, and swifton pd officer Drake Slagley and many other Jackson County officers refused to uphold their oath. It took over an hour to finally get a unit. To take my report, giving J.R. Moody time to get somewhere so he didn't have to take a sobriety test. So I'm sure nothing will come of this!!!! But I would like to challenge J.R. Moody to a one on one bout anytime anywhere. You dont talk to people like that you disrespectful weak a$$ B!TC#!!!!!!!

Posted by Steven Parker on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Following Moody’s resignation, the City of Swifton released a statement saying that the mayor and the city council “did not agree with the recent incident involving our police department."

The statement went on to say: “We have address the situation and took care of it the best way we felt possible.”

The mayor and city council responded to the video which surfaced of the former police chief.
The mayor and city council responded to the video which surfaced of the former police chief.(City of Swifton via Facebook)

“He pulled up beside me and jumped out," Steven Parker, the man seen in the video, told Little Rock television station KARK, "He verbally threatened me, and then I told my wife to start recording because I knew he was the chief of police.”

Parker said that he was leaving a family member’s driveway at the end of a road when Moody drove by, got out, and started yelling.

Parker says he called the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy showed up to take a report.

By then, Moody had left the scene, according to Parker.

“You don’t interact with people like that,” Parker said. “I was being polite. I never cussed at him; not one time.”

Mayor Craig Crider held a special meeting Monday night to hear concerns from the community.

When I asked who might serve as interim chief in the meantime, Crider said they hadn’t made any decision about that just yet.

Crider told Region 8 News the city would be working on advertising for the position and taking applications very soon.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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