Trooper Royce Denney cited for turning off camera during Michael Dyer stop

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The trooper who pulled over an ASU football player is getting cited for turning off the dashboard camera during the traffic stop.

    Maj. JR Hankins filed a complaint with Arkansas State Police. In the complaint it says:

    "Corporal Royce Denney stopped Mr. Ronnie Wright and Michael Dyer for speeding on March 10, 2012. Corporal Denney indicated in a memorandum detailing the traffic stop that 'I turned off my camera system and lectured Dyer about his future and how these items can mess up his football career.' Based on information provided it is possible that Corporal Denney violated Department policies including, but not limited to, LE SEC 19 In-Car Cameras."

    Another complaint against Denney comes from a former co-worker, Jennifer Hancock, formerly Jennifer Mittlestat. Hancock and Denney worked together with Arkansas State Police. According to Hancock, Denney pulled her over after conspiring with her ex-husband and issued her a speeding ticket. Later, audio recordings between Hancock's ex-husband and Denney proved ethical and policy violations.

    In the phone recording, Corporal Denney tells the ex-husband to follow Hancock even though she had an order of protection issued against him. Denney got Hancock's location from the ex-husband and then pulled her over for speeding.

    "This wasn't a random day it was something they talked about at length. He just seems to make up his own rules and do whatever he wants to no matter who gets hurt," says Hancock.

    According to Arkansas State Police, Denney was diciplined internally for the Hancock complaint.

    There are two other complaints against Denney, but Arkansas State Police say Denney was not diciplined for those complaints.

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