Officer Charles Starks killed Bradley Blackshire during a traffic stop Feb. 22. Prosecutors announced last month that Starks had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. He was fired Monday after an internal investigation of the killing.
A letter of termination from Police Chief Keith Humphrey to Starks says that Starks violated the department's use-of-force policy. The policy prohibits officers from moving in front of an oncoming vehicle when deadly force is the probable outcome.
"When confronted by an oncoming vehicle, officers will move out of its path, if possible, rather than fire at the vehicle," the policy says.
The killing led to protests at City Hall and the Arkansas State Capitol. One of the protests led police to temporarily close the Broadway Bridge.
Protesters and an attorney for Blackshire's family accused of Starks of using excessive force. [MORE]