Little Rock PD Officer Josh Hastings Charged With Manslaughter

Published On September 8, 2012 | By CopBlock | Articles

In mid-August, we shared a story about an officer-involved shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas that left a 15 year-old boy dead.

 Sergeant Cassandra Davis, spokesperson for the Little Rock Police department, says officer Josh Hastings saw two people break into a car then ran to a Honda Civic where another juvenile was waiting in the driver’s seat. “According to the officer the vehicle came toward him and he felt threatened and he did fire upon the vehicle striking the juvenile driver.” That bullet killed the teen. The two other juveniles in the car ran but Davis says they were caught and charged with one count of breaking and entering of an automobile.

Max Brantley of Arkansas Times reported the following:

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas announced [yesterday] that Patrol Officer Joshua Hastings, 26, was charged with felony manslaughter in the Aug. 12 fatal shooting of Bobby Moore, a 15-year-old suspected car burglar at a West Little Rock apartment complex.

Hastings had said he fired on a Honda Civic because he feared for his life as it sped toward him. Sources told me earlier the investigation produced discrepancies between Hastings’ account and other evidence, particularly in the speed and direction of the car that Hastings said he felt threatened by.

A brief statement issued by Chief Thomas said two separate investigations — by major crimes and internal affairs — led him to “conclude the incident did not occur in the manner represented by the officer and that the use of deadly force did not conform to department orders.” He said he’d conferred with Prosecutor Larry Jegley in reaching the decision to file the charge.

Thomas noted that Hastings had said he identified himself, shouted for the driver of the car to stop and fearing it was about to hit him, with no way to retreat, fired at the car. Hastings told other officers that the vehicle continued past him a short distance up a slight incline then rolled backwards some distance before colliding with a parked car. Two occupants fled. The driver, Moore, was found dead at the scene.

Said Thomas:

The evidence developed during the course of the investigation(s) indicates that the vehicle approaching the officer had, in fact, stopped several feet from him and that the driver was in the process of reversing direction when the shots were fired. Medical opinion provides that the driver was immediately incapacitated by his wounds. There is no evidence to support the officer’s claim that the vehicle continued past him, and significant indication that the vehicle would necessarily had to have been in reverse at some point to reach the location of its collision with a parked car.

The affidavit filed for issuance of an arrest warrant provided more details of the night, including what witnesses said about Hastings’ statement that the car had driven past him, over a curb and into rocks. The two occupants of the car both told police that the car had stopped and the driver tried to back up.

Keontay Walker, 16, who was riding in the front seat, said that when the car neared a dumpster in the parking lot, he saw a light and told Moore to stop that it was the police. According to the affidavit:

 

Mr. Walker said Bobby stopped the car about five feet from the officer, put it in reverse and started backing down the hill. Mr. Walker said that he heard “pow, pow, pow” and the officer yelled, “Stop, stop or we’ll fire.” Mr. Walker said he heard Bobby moan and realized that he had been shot. Walker further stated the car continued down the hill and crashed into another car.

 

Jeremiah Johnson, who ws riding in the backseat, gave a similar account. Said the affidavit:

 

While it appears that the vehicle was driving toward Hastings at some point, all of the physical evidence is consistent with statements made by the occupants of the car, indicating that the car was stopped, or in reverse at the time Hastings fired, and not traveling toward him at a high rate of speed, as Hastings indicated in his statement.

 

The affidavit said no evidence could be found at the scene or on the undercarriage of the victim’s car that indicated the car traveled over a curb or up an embankment as Hastings said. The autopsy on Moore indicated he was wounded in the left middle finger, right shoulder and left side of the head. Dr. Daniel Dye said Moore “would have died immediately from the gunshot wound to the head and would have been unable to make any conscious decision or coordinated movements at all after that injury.”

The police statement said the family of the victim had been notified. They’ve criticized police action in interviews previously with several TV stations.

Hastings’ employment with the department will be continued while the case pends.

Click here to read more.

 

*Hastings was arrested, processed, and bonded out of the county jail on $15,000 bond prior to the release. Manslaughter is a class C felony.

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  • certain

    Where’s all the comments about “little thugs” “tried to run him over” etc, etc, etc, that all you usual jackasses had to say the 1st time this was reported?

    Are you going to say that none of the cops that worked with this ass-hat knew he was freaking defective? I can look at his picture and see there’s a problem. Freaking dead eyes give it away every time.

  • shawn

    This is why people don’t believe cops when they say “They were in fear for their life.”
    It’s become nothing but a get out of jail free card.

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  • d0nj3nko

    I can’t believe he is only being charged with manslaughter, well I can but you know what I mean. It is shocking how the police are given the lightest possible sentences for their crime’s and charged with offence’s that are no where near correlate to the crime. This should be 2nd degree murder without a doubt, if it was average Joe Bloggs who had done this, they would not get bail and then a life sentence once convicted. I suppose we should be thankful that this has been properly investigated unlike so many other whitewashes that have taken place. I honestly think that he was probably un-popular in the department as a popular officer who brown noses would have got off scott free! The world is a sick place and if you need help ever I would strongly suggest ‘DON’T CALL THE POLICE’… God bless you all!

  • Carlos

    Here goes one for your reading pleasure:
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    http://now.msn.com/paul-pizzuto-fired-for-writing-tickets-to-dead-people/

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    Cops !?
    I do not want them even 200 feet near me. They make me sick with their corruption / abuses scheme countrywide.

    Carlos

  • http://yahoo larry

    To bad some one has to die to get just one of these ass holes off the street and in to prision where they belong.

  • Carlos

    These are just a little “sample” for those who troll here and keep claiming: “Police do n-o-t-h-i-n-g wrong”…

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    Here are the 9 stories of police misconduct tracked for Thursday September 6th, 2012:
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    * Hialeah Gardens, Florida: A police officer has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana distribution ring. He conducted two traffic stops of people known to be transporting marijuana. A total of 24 pounds of marijuana was stolen by the officer and his co-conspirators during those stops. bit.ly/SnnGNM

    *Washington, D.C.: A police officer illegally seized a camera phone from a citizen trying to photograph officers at the scene of an arrest, a civil liberties group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of the camera phone’s owner, whose phone was taken by an officer just a day after the police department had issued a new directive prohibiting officers from seizing such devices or from interfering with citizens taking photos of police in public spaces. wapo.st/P1evPI

    *Kingsport, Tennessee: A police officer was charged with criminal simulation and forgery. Investigators believe that the officer impersonated a former employee in sending an email message that accused the police chief of misconduct. bit.ly/QoyY0N

    *Houston, Texas: A former Houston police officer is on trial for handcuffing a waitress, driving her to a secluded park and repeatedly raping her while he was on duty. The prosecution claimed the police department had ‘a rapist on its payroll,’ referring to the officer, who is facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault against the woman, an immigrant. “He had a badge, he had a gun, he had a marked patrol car and evil in his heart,” the prosecutor told jurors. bit.ly/OZBedD

    *Miami Beach, Florida: A six year veteran of the police department appeared in bond court. He was charged with racketeering, fraud, and official misconduct. The officer turned himself in and is also charged with two counts of false statement of financial condition and two counts each of obtaining a vehicle by trick and unlawful subleasing of a vehicle. cbsloc.al/Od1vYL

    *Little Rock, Arkansas: An officer has had six suspensions over five years, and still has his job. He most recently shot a 15-year-old boy and killed him and is currently on paid leave pending the investigation into the shooting. on.kthv.com/P49E0i

    *Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer already serving 10-12 years for rape has been sentenced to 18-20 more years for the rape of an additional woman. bit.ly/Oq5OM4

    *Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was charged with depriving numerous women of their civil rights by illegally detaining them without probably cause. He would then sexually harass them. hrld.us/Qb48o

    *Woodbury, Minnesota: Mark Eric Henderson Jr. saw his opportunity to escape from the Woodbury motel room where he and seven other people were being held hostage early Friday, and he took it. When the gunman who had been tormenting the group told Henderson to go to the window to see if any police were outside, Henderson took his chance and made a beeline for the door. The kidnapper opened fire at him in response but missed. As Henderson bolted out the door toward them, Woodbury police opened fire and cut him down. The 19-year-old died later that day at the hospital. bit.ly/OTL8xf

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    The above stories are just…a FEW, of what is occurring throughout the U.S.A. with the “Do nothing wrong team”.

    Go figure…

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    Carlos

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  • JetClarke

    It seems almost as if training and authority don’t make you a good person… hm.

  • Dan

    Although I think I might be the only cop who checks this website regularly, I appreciate the work of the contributors. Authority and training may not make someone a better person, but humility, and critiques from the public, whose trust has been lost, can’t hurt.

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  • Police Britality

    Love hearing about this cop being charged. This guy looks like a rights violator, brutality abuser and a murderer. He will be given what he deserves once he’s in the pen.

    On a happier note,……How about a HELL YEA for the dead troopers in West By God Virginia. Nothing like hearing that news to start last week off with a bang. LOL,…no pun intended.

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  • Common Sense

    But wait, there’s no such thing as police accountability…

  • shawn

    “But wait, there’s no such thing as police accountability…”

    Not much of one. More often than not, cops walk away from their screw ups without penalty.

  • Commonsense psycho

    And you all know full well that there has never, ever been any crimes by cops committed in Little Rock. That stuff about those girls being burned in a church and claims of racism was fabricated and so is this. Master/Leader/Chief of Police, did I do good? Did I do good? This guy in the pic is white, so ain’t no way they should be say’n noth’n, right Chief?

  • sam jjohnson

    Lady’s and gentleman have y’all not hurd the news the detectives forced the kids to lie on officers hastings. He is taking them to federal court for false charging him. Which shows me if they will lie on there own officers what would they do to your families. I mean the two detectives who work the case were told by the. Chief to not be a part of the case but they went his work and didn’t it any ways. I feel sorry for officer Hastings family I hope he gets lots of money from them. And about the car the owner of the stolen car was a USA soldiers that said there were no scratchs on his but when he got to look at is he wanted to city to pay for the whole under side car of the where it had been damaged. I hope he wins big time and the people who said bad stuff should be a shamed of your self I hope you get sued for posted false infomations.