Police Officer Suspended After Dancing Nude At Nightclub
Little Rock, AR – A Conway police officer has been slapped with a 30-day unpaid suspension after he stripped down and started dancing naked at a Little Rock nightclub (video below).
The incident occurred at Discovery Nightclub on Oct. 13, KATV reported.
Conway Police Officer Cebron Hackett was already completely nude and flailing around on the packed dance floor when someone began recording the scene.
The off-duty officer was allegedly “highly intoxicated” at the time, Conway Police Chief Jody Spradlin wrote in his letter of suspension, according to KATV.
Onlookers backed away from the naked officer as a security guard rushed in to subdue him, the video showed.
But Officer Hackett managed to wriggle out of his grasp, then dove towards the security guard’s legs.
He was eventually escorted out of the club and turned over to Little Rock police, KATV reported.
Officer Hackett was not arrested for his drunken behavior, and was ultimately picked up by his wife, KTHV reported.
She drove him back to Conway, where he got into his vehicle and drove home.
“The review board and I have determined that not enough time had passed for you to safely and legally drive a motor vehicle,” Chief Spradlin wrote in his letter of suspension, according to KTHV.
"While your level of intoxication cannot be proved at that moment, it is very reasonable under these set of circumstances to state that you failed to hold yourself to a standard that is acceptable by the public of the police department," the chief added, according to KATV.
The Conway Police Department (CPD) said it was made aware of the video on Oct. 13, KTHV reported.
Chief Spradlin suspended Officer Hackett on Oct. 25.
“Your actions have brought discredit and embarrassment among the Conway Police Department and could have resulted in your arrest for Public Intoxication,” the chief wrote in the suspension letter.
In addition to 30 days of unpaid leave, Officer Hackett was also ordered to successfully complete remedial training, KATV reported.
According to the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD), the security guards who evicted the drunken officer from the club were off-duty LRPD officers.
They said they were unaware that the man they were dealing with was a law enforcement officer, KATV reported.
"Officers used discretion at the time not to arrest the subject for a misdemeanor offense, due to his cooperation and an acquaintance said they would be responsible for this subject," the LRPD said.
Officer Hackett later apologized for his behavior in a Facebook post, KTHV reported.
“A few weeks ago I made a huge mistake,” he wrote. “I have apologized profusely for my mistake and accepted the consequences that came along with it.”
“Apparently, because of my profession, others are now interested in my mistake,” Officer Hackett continued. “Please understand that mistake does not and will not define me.”
You can watch cell phone footage of the incident in the video below: