|Agency||Little Rock Arkansas Police Department|
|Dates of Service||Hired in 2003. Sergeant (2014). Lieutenant (2016).|
|Last Known Status||Active|
2008 Death of William Spradling
On July 16, 2008, officers were called to speak with Spradling and his girlfriend about their possible involvement in the theft of a handgun.
It was described that officers attempted to arrest Spradling without a warrant. When Spradling resisted, officers threw him to the ground and, believing that he had a gun, shot him in the back. Spradling died at the scene.
An internal investigation cleared the officers of any wrong-doing.
On November 5, 2012, Spradling's family filed a lawsuit against the officers, claiming the use of excessive force and a conspiracy by officers to cover up their mistakes, resulting in violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, wrongful death, and negligence.
On April 23, 2015, the lawsuit was re-filed, naming the city and citing previously undisclosed audio and video evidence.
In October 2017, the 2012 lawsuit was dismissed as the three-year statute of limitations had expired.
On November 22, 2017, a notice to appeal was filed.
On January 8, 2019, the appeal was denied, stating that the family had been made aware of the existence of the recordings.
2009 Off-Duty Shooting
In April 2009, Ford was off-duty but in uniform when he saw two men breaking into cars. When he confronted the men, one of them got into a vehicle and drove at him. Ford shot at the vehicle.
2020 Discharging a Weapon
On January 1, 2020, Ford was accused of firing 45-60 rounds from an AR-15 into the sky on New Year's Day. Ford initially denied shooting from his property and owning an AR-15 style rifle.
Body-worn camera footage from the responding officers was released.
On January 23, 2020, Ford told internal affairs that he was drunk when he lied about the shooting.
On May 20, 2020, a hearing was held for Ford to address charges of failing to provide his name, conduct unbecoming, untruthfulness, and willful misrepresentation.
On July 2, 2020, Ford was suspended for two days without pay.<
2021 Arrest for DWI
On December 3, 2021, Ford was involved in a single-car crash.
On December 3, 2021, Ford was placed on administrative leave.
On December 3, 2021, Ford was arrested and charged with careless and prohibited driving, driving while intoxicated, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
On April 14, 2022, Ford pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a chemical test, and no contest to the charge of driving while intoxicated. The charge of careless and prohibited driving was dropped.
Ford was sentenced to one day in jail.
By April 21, 2022, Ford returned to active duty in a different role in the department.
- Little Rock lieutenant charged with DWI after single-car crash along I-430, THV 11, 2021-12-03
- Scott Carroll, Little Rock officer embraces new job as spokesman, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2017-10-23
- Brianna Kwasnik, Little Rock police lieutenant arrested on DWI charge following I-430 crash, state police say, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2021-12-03
- Little Rock police lieutenant back on duty after DWI conviction; internal investigation still open, Arkansas Online, 2022-04-23
- Emma Pettit, Lawsuit on fatal Little Rock police shooting tossed, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2017-10-27
- Spradling v. Hastings, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2019-01-08
- Spradling Complaint, U.S. District Court, 2015-04-23
- Linda Satter, Lawyer to appeal tossed case; will take lawsuit in ’08 Little Rock police slaying to 8th Circuit, he says, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2017-11-23
- John Lynch, Trial set in 2009 stoplight slayings, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2011-06-04
- Little Rock Police Lieutenant accused of firing multiple rounds into air on New Year's Day, KATV, 2020-01-13
- LRPD Internal Investigation brands Lt. Michael "Lil' Bang" Ford a liar, Bad City of Little Rock, 2020-10-07
- Hayward Finks, Internal Investigation, Police Department Memorandum, 2020-05-27
- Keith Humphrey, Suspension Memo, Chief of Police, 2020-07-02
- Grant Lancaster, Little Rock police lieutenant found guilty of December DWI charge, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2022-04-15