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State Police vexed by Capitol hoax

State troopers were shown a photo of a White Hall man and told that he was armed, had confronted Senator Flowers, had been forcibly removed from the building and might return. The White Hall man says he was targeted by a false accusation. (KATV photo)

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -

Security for our elected leaders is very much on the minds of Americans this week.

It was on the minds of some lawmen at the Arkansas State Capitol one day in February.

On February 21st Ed Monk of White Hall sent an email to his senator, Stephanie Flowers, requesting a meeting to discuss a bill.

Two days later state troopers were being shown a photo of Monk and being told that he was armed, had confronted Senator Flowers, had been forcibly removed from the building and might return.

"This didn't happen,” says Monk. “And nothing even close to it has ever happened. So it kind of stunned me that somebody would make up something so blatantly false and so easy to disprove and feed it to the State Police so that they would act on it."

Ed Monk says a State Police captain called his boss, the White Hall police chief, to allege that he had visited the Capitol and acted unprofessionally.

"I was promised and assured four times in a face-to-face meeting with the deputy director of the state police that they would look into it, that they would identify who initiated the false report and they would tell me who that was," says Monk.

A summary written by Trooper First Class Callie Dacus reveals that, "While patrolling the Capitol, two Sergeant of Arms assigned to the Senate instructed us to be on the lookout for Edward Monk."

Senior Corporal Chuck Lewis writes that, "We were stopped by several Sergeant of Arms of the Senate. We were given pictures of Mr. Monk and asked to watch for him."

But despite these face-to-face meetings, the state's top law enforcement agency has so far been unable to do deliver on the promise made by Lt. Col Shawn Garner: to identify the source of the false accusation.

"I believe the State Police could easily have identified this within a day or two had they wanted to," says Monk.

Even the Director of the State Police contacted Monk. Colonel William Bryant explained that the State Police lacks the authority to compel employees of the Senate to discuss or investigate what he calls an administrative matter.

Our attempts to contact the director of the Arkansas Senate and the state senator who oversees the Sergeants at Arms have been unsuccessful.

Air date: June 15th, 2017

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