LR city director blaming city manager for late notice of rap concert
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
In a last-minute action, a concert scheduled for Friday night at the Metroplex was canceled last night before a set emergency city board meeting.
According to a letter obtained by KATV, there were concerns surrounding gun violence with shootings and a homicide happening at the rapper’s prior concerts.
City Director Ken Richardson is blaming the city manager for not notifying the directors that there were serious concerns surrounding the Moneybagg Yo concert. Richardson added that showing them a week-old letter in the “11th hour” was just not fair.
It was late on Thursday when an emergency board of directors' meeting was called to address concerns with this concert. However, the city manager, city attorney, and Metroplex received a letter from the Little Rock police chief one week ago.
“I don't think that was fair to us as board members expected to take some action on that,” said Richardson.
He added it wasn't fair for everyone involved. When asked who failed to notify them, he blames City Manager Bruce Moore.
“The city manager should make this known to us that it was a major major concern since he's the chief operating officer of the city,” he said.
“[Reporter: Why do you think the city manager did not notify any of you until just yesterday?] I have no idea. I have no idea, but you can believe I will follow up on that issue. I have no idea, but I don't think it was fair to us. I don’t think it's fair to the city. I don't think it was fair to anybody involved."
KATV reached out to City Attorney Tom Carpenter, who was also part of the meetings and clued in to what was going on prior to the police chief sending the letter. He released this statement to Channel 7:
The police and city attorney’s office discussed the situation and concluded to send a letter to clear channel to make them aware of our concerns. I did not report to the board because the response to the letter was positive, and the last email I got on the matter was between the city manager’s office and LRPD was there were no security concerns. It seemed to me that if the board needed to be told more that was for the manager and the department he supervises, LRPD.
KATV attempted to reach Moore by phone, email and text, but did not hear back from him. LRPD Police Chief Kenton Buckner had no further comment, and neither did Mayor Mark Stodola.