|Agency||Little Rock Arkansas Police Department|
|Dates of Service||Approximately 2012 - November 7, 2021|
|Last Known Status||Resigned|
|Agency||North Little Rock Arkansas Police Department|
|Dates of Service||Hired November 8, 2021.|
|Last Known Status||Active|
Mattox was given an award for his effort to locate the offender in the indecent exposure case mentioned below.
2020 Indecent Exposure Investigation
In 2020, Mattox was involved with an indecent exposure investigation in which his wife was one of the victims. Department policy limits officers from participating in cases where a family member is a victim.
During the investigation, Mattox's wife was shown photo lineup of possible suspects. She identified a suspect and claimed that she had never seen the photo prior to the lineup. An investigation found that she had overheard Mattox mention the suspect's name on a phone call and had looked him up on the internet.
On November 7, 2021, Mattox resigned from the Little Rock Police Department.
On November 8, 2021, Mattox was hired by the North Little Rock Police Department.
In August 2021, Mattox was fired for violating department policy by identifying the vehicle tied to the suspect, providing information to a sergeant, and being present when police showed Mattox's wife photos of possible suspects. The city also claims that Mattox lied when he said he did not fill out any paperwork in connection to the case.
On November 4, 2021, the Little Rock Civil Service Commission ruled that, while there was wrongdoing on Mattox’s part, he should have only been officially reprimanded and served a 30-day suspension, not fired. Mattox was reinstated, and will be added to the department's Brady list, which tracks officers who have been deemed untruthful and whose credibility could be questioned in court.
On December 6, 2021, Mattox filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission to overturn the findings of wrongdoing due to racial discrimination, hostile working conditions, and retaliation by senior officers.
- Max Brantley, David Mattox resigns from Little Rock Police Department after reinstatement, Arkansas Times, 2021-11-08
- Neal Earley, Reinstated Little Rock police officer resigns, takes job with North Little Rock Police Department, NWA Online, 2021-11-09
- Mitch McCoy, Fired Little Rock cop awarded then fired after indecent exposure case, chief says officer was too involved, KARK, 2021-10-08
- Tess Vrbin, Little Rock police chief, assistant chief defend firing officer over investigating indecent exposure case, NWA Online, 2021-10-08
- New controversy around Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey as the city resists disclosure of review of his work, Arkansas Times, 2021-07-24
- Commission says LRPD was wrong in firing former Officer David Mattox, should have only been suspended, KARK, 2021-11-04
- Joseph Flaherty, Former Little Rock police officer appeals decision of commission that upheld city's findings against him, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 22021-12-30