The Arkansas Times published a story this morning that reported on this blog exposing the firing of ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet from the Arkansas State Police and Hamlet's subsequent falsification of his employment history on job applications and forms submitted to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST).
We had submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Arkansas State Police (ASP) for the investigative file concerning Hamlet that was conducted by their Special Investigation Unit that led to Hamlet being fired. Documents previously released to us by the ASP stated that Hamlet admitted to cheating on an exam. The documents provided also indicate that Hamlet lied multiple times to the investigators.
Further investigation revealed that Hamlet provided false and misleading information concerning his employment history of job applications and forms submitted to CLEST. Providing false information is a misdemeanor under Arkansas Law ( Ark. Code Annotated § 5-53-103).
By providing false and misleading information, Hamlet was able to hide his employment and termination from the ASP and possibly obtain employment with law enforcement agencies that he might not have obtained if he had truthfully reported the information as required by Arkansas laws.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge herself pinned the opinion that denied us and the citizens of Arkansas the right to learn about what Hamlet did that usually ends a law enforcement career. We we not surprised at the outcome, because Rutledge and others are providing a quid pro quo to Hamlet for working for their election to office. Rutledge is not know for having common sense as a racist and derogatory email she circulated when she was an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Human Services clearly indicates . Rutledge resigned while under DHS scrutiny of her poor job performance. DHS placed a do not rehire note in her personnel file according to stories by the Arkansas Times and Blue Hog Report.
We plan on filing legal action to obtain the ASP investigative file and believe that we can make an excellent case to support that its release is in indeed in the public interest (the one and only thing that Rutledge stated in her opinion that was lacking for release of the information).
We are certain that many ABC Enforcement agents would like to buy Max Brantley a drink for getting the information out to a wider audience about the character (or lack thereof) of Boyce Hamlet.
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