UPDATE: Orange cop case won't conclude this week
UPDATE: On July 27, 2010, the day after James Whitehead was killed by Robert Arnold, Texas Ranger Ken Parks told former Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell, "this is a good shoot and it will only take a couple of days to investigate."
Arnold's attorney Greg Cagle is cross-examining Kittrell about his reasoning for finding Arnold should be indefinitely suspended for killing James Whitehead. BEing argumentative with him about procedure in filing documentation regarding the case. Cagle is being paid by the Texas Municipal Police Association, a union that represents Arnold and other officers with the Orange Police Department.
The hearing has been adjourned until May 9.
Testimony in the hearing to determine the fate of Robert Arnold’s job at the Orange Police Department will continue through today, however due to time constraints and the need to receive information from a number of key witnesses the arbitration will be continued on May 9 and 10.
Arnold is on indefinite suspension for the July 26 shooting of James Whitehead, an unarmed and highly decorated U.S. Marine, in the parking lot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on 16th Street in Orange.
Currently, Major Sparky Robinson, a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, is under cross examination by Arnold’s attorney Greg Cagle. Cagle asked Robinson about his comments from Wednesday that Arnold was a “discredit” to the department.
Specifically, Cagle pointed out there were no statements from citizens to affirm Robinson’s concerns.
“Before we would not be known as a department that would shoot an unarmed citizen,” Robinson said. “Now we are a department that is known to have shot an unarmed citizen.”
Robinson said he has spoken to a number of Orange residents and seen a number of comments published or broadcast by local media outlets to that effect.
Cagle is trying to break down Robinson’s review of the shooting and the departmental policy violations he wrote in his report that deemed the shooting inappropriate.
It is expected that former Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell will be the next witness called to testify for the city. Kittrell released a scathing report in November that placed Arnold on suspension and found he not only violated a number of policies but that the chief no longer had faith in his ability to serve as a police officer for the city of Orange.