Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner is a finalist for the police chief’s job in Syracuse, N.Y., a department spokesman confirmed today.
Spokesman Michael Ford said there’d be no other comment.
Buckner was a finalist last year for the top police job in Charleston, S.C.
Buckner came to Little Rock in 2014 from Kentucky. He’s been the subject of some controversy. He’s African-American, but has had disputes with the Black Police Officers Association and has come under fire recently for tactics of undercover narcotics officers in dozens of no-knock raids. Civil rights lawyers have taken up the case of a number of people who say they were improperly targeted by the raids, which employed explosive devices for entry in many cases. Lawyers Mike Laux and Ben Crump had a news conference today to show more video of drug raids and add to those
Earlier in October, syracuse.com reported that the search for a new chief
Buckner has received less than a ringing endorsement from candidates in this year’s mayor’s race, with some