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Rutledge Announces 2019 Law Enforcement Summit Agenda

Focus on medical marijuana and eyewitness identification

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the agenda for the 17th Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be held on Oct. 1 at the Benton Event Center in Benton. The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.

“This year’s Law Enforcement Summit will address concerns that have arisen in the wake of the legalization of medical marijuana as well as ensuring proper eyewitness identification in criminal cases,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I encourage all officers to register so they can learn from these insightful presenters.”

The summit will hear from Norwood, Massachusetts, Police Chief William Brooks III discussing eyewitness identification. According to studies, it is estimated that approximately 70 percent of people who are wrongfully convicted in our nation are convicted based on erroneous eyewitness identification. He presents nationally on behalf of the Innocence Project and was the 2012 recipient of the Innocence Network’s Champion of Justice Award.

The afternoon will include a presentation from David Blake, Chris Halsor and Cory Amend from Colorado. They will address the many challenges with legal marijuana for law enforcement including issues involving possession, cultivation, distribution, transportation and driving under the influence.

During a noon luncheon, Rutledge will recognize one outstanding law enforcement officer from each county in addition to regional and statewide award winners.

Rutledge will also welcome Lauren Wagner, who will speak on Online Investigations: Tools, Tips, and Tricks. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Jill Irwin will present on Monsters Behind the Machines, which will look into some of the cases that have been investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Division.

Registration is open and available at ArkansasAG.gov.

Rutledge: Rural Arkansas to Benefit from T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Says, ‘The merger will result in increased quality and more competitive prices for Arkansans’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement in support of the proposed T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation merger. Rutledge joined the U.S. Department of Justice in formally supporting the merger based on conditions of the agreement, which will form the nation’s third-largest telecommunications carrier.

“Arkansas stands to benefit from the T-Mobile merger with Sprint which will increase competition, especially in rural areas that have been deprived of reliable wireless service,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From our evaluation, the merger will result in increased quality and more competitive prices for Arkansans by expanding rural broadband access and expediting 5G technology to provide an essential service for a desperately underserved population.”

The proposed merger agreement protects Arkansas consumers from any potentially anti-competitive market effects. As part of the merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint have also committed to a 5G build-out plan that is intended to cover 85 percent of rural Americans in a three-year period, and 90 percent within six-years.

Rutledge Announces Bipartisan Antitrust Investigation of Google

There is evidence that Google may unfairly control the flow of online information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced an investigation into whether Google conducts its business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. A bipartisan coalition of 50 attorneys general plan to collaborate with federal authorities to investigate the tech giant’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may constitute anticompetitive behavior that harms Arkansas consumers.

“There is evidence that Google may manipulate the flow and dissemination of online information to unfairly influence and undermine consumer choice and stifle innovation, which directly impacts Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Google’s dominance and unbounded control over the digital advertising marketplace and consumer information can no longer go unchecked.”

Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.

Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully address the source of Google’s sustained market power and the ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices with the intention to protect and maintain that power.

In addition to Arkansas, the Texas led coalition includes: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Rutledge Hosts Retiree Resources Event in Central Arkansas

Says, ‘protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted a regional Rutledge Retiree Resources event at the Church at Rock Creek. The event was a part of a statewide series that has served hundreds of Arkansans at five regional programs to educate retirees about how they can protect themselves from pervasive and vicious scam artists.

“By educating seniors face-to-face, we are teaching them how to be the first line of defense against these scam artists who will stop at nothing to take advantage of Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will do everything in my power to protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists.”

Attendees heard from the Attorney General’s public protection experts about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care and protecting finances.

Rutledge Retiree Resources events have previously been held in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, DeWitt and Hope.

Rutledge Releases Statewide Public Service Announcement About Protecting Children From Predators

Says, ‘you could be allowing dangerous people into your homes and their bedrooms’

LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statewide public service announcement (PSA) addressing smartphone and internet safety for Arkansans. In the PSA, Rutledge is urging parents to stay aware of internet and smartphone apps that enable predators to take advantage of children.

“Would you let your child get into the car with someone you don’t know, or spend the night with a stranger?” asked Attorney General Rutledge in the PSA. “If you don’t know who your kids are texting or gaming with on their phones, you could be allowing dangerous people into your homes and their bedrooms. Get informed and together, let’s protect our kids.”

The special agents of the Attorney General's Special Investigations Department work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at every stage of investigations, arrests and convictions.

The public service announcement can be viewed on various networks and cable stations throughout the State and can be found on Rutledge’s YouTube page.

Arkansans who have questions can email the office at oag@ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

Rutledge Seeks Congressional Action for Autism Services

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and services to those affected by these conditions.

“All Arkansas families deserve the support and resources for their loved ones who are on the autism spectrum,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “More research and services are necessary to address the needs of our rapidly increasing population of Americans on the autism spectrum.”

A previous version of this legislation is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2019. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 currently exists as H.R. 1058 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 427 in the U.S. Senate. Congress began addressing autism in 2000 with the first enactment of the bill. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 will continue Congress’ ongoing mission to ensure that those living with ASD receive the necessary support and research.

In addition to Arkansas, the letter was co-lead by attorneys general in Indiana and Mississippi and signed on to by Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia and territories.

September
17
Tuesday

Drew County Resources Day

Monticello Senior Citizens Center
203 Henley Drive

Mobile Office
10:00 to 11:30 am

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Mark Gober

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
September
19
Thursday

Hempstead County Resources Day


Hope Senior Center
102 South Main Street

Mobile Office
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff James Singleton

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
September
23
Monday

Izard County Resources Day

Izard County Senior Center
30 Chapel Hill Road

Mobile Office
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Earnie Blackley

Prescription for Life Presentation
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
September
26
Thursday

Sharp County Resources Day

Ash Flat Senior Life Center
324 Homewood Lane

Mobile Office
11 to 12:30 p.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Mark Counts

Identity Theft and Scams Presentation
Noon to 12:30 p.m.

 11:00 AMVIEW 
October
1
Tuesday

Law Enforcement Summit

2018 Officers of the YearAttorney General Rutledge will offer free training sessions for law enforcement and recognize outstanding law enforcement officers from every county at the Benton Event Center.

AGENDA

7:30 a.m.
Registration
Exhibitor area opens in lobby area

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
William G. Brooks III, Chief of Police, Norwood Police Department, Massachusetts
Eyewitness Identification

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Lauren Wagner, High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
Online Investigations: Tools, Tips, and Tricks

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Assistant Attorney General Jill Irwin, Attorney General’s Office
Monsters Behind the Machines

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Break/visit vendors

11:45 a.m.
Pick up lunches

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Valor Tributes and Officers of the Year Recognition

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
David Blake, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Chris Halsor, Law Office of Chris Halsor
Cory Amend, Senior Director of Enforcement for Department of Revenue
Marijuana 101 – An Introduction to Legal Marijuana for Law Enforcement

This training has been approved for 5 hours of Law Enforcement Standards (CLEST) and 4.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

The Summit is FREE, but seating is limited. For more information, contact Rachel Ellis at 501-682-3645 or rachel.ellis@arkansasag.gov.

Please register now online to reserve your seat.

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October
3
Thursday

Lawrence County Resources Day

Walnut Ridge Community Center
504 Southern Avenue

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Jeff Yates
10:30 a.m. to noon

Identity Theft and Scams Presentation
11:30 a.m. to noon

 10:30 AMVIEW 
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