Former Mayflower Police Chief Richard Shaw has been arrested and charged with a felony offense for allegedly helping a convicted felon obtain police blue lights.
Shaw was suspended without pay in November, when Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office investigators concluded that 33-year-old John Andrew Brinkley, a convicted felon, was carrying a Glock handgun and driving a vehicle outfitted with blue lights in apparent assistance of normal Mayflower Police Department officers.
Shaw was replaced by interim police chief Sgt. Robert Alcon, who resigned upon the selection of Dan Sutterfield as the city’s new chief of police. Brinkley remains at the Faulkner County Detention Center awaiting trial for charges including felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of blue lights. His prior felony conviction was for violation of the hot check law.
20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said that after considering Shaw’s involvement in Brinkley’s activity and working with FCSO investigators for more than four months, he felt that Shaw had acted so as to convince the distributor of the blue lights that Brinkley was a law enforcement officer.
Lt. Matt Rice of FCSO explained that in doing so, Shaw was Brinkley’s accomplice in the crime of unlawful possession of blue lights. Rice and other deputies arrested Shaw at his Mayflower home without incident early Friday afternoon.
He is charged with a class-D felony carrying a penalty of up to 6 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
"It is inconceivable to me that any police officer would assist a felon so that the felon would appear as a law enforcement officer to the public," Vaden stated in a news release. "And for that person assisting the felon to be the chief of police is simply inexcusable."