Just over two weeks after the Pine Bluff City Council adopted a resolution to rescind medals awarded to police officers who were involved in a 2013 incident that resulted in the death of an elderly man, the officers are weighing their legal options.

Just over two weeks after the Pine Bluff City Council adopted a resolution to rescind medals awarded to police officers who were involved in a 2013 incident that resulted in the death of an elderly man, the officers are weighing their legal options.


Pine Bluff Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said the officers will be seeking legal advice on what their next move will be.


"They’re putting all the information together and are going to talk to an attorney, but I don’t think they have done that yet," Hubanks said.


He declined further comment on the issue.


On July 5, the Pine Bluff City Council approved a resolution — sponsored by Alderman Thelma Walker — that would rescind the medals given to the officers who participated in the shootout with Monroe Isadore.


That resolution was adopted by a vote of 7-0. Alderman Charles Boyd was absent from the meeting.


Walker’s resolution said Isadore, who was 107, "was killed in a police standoff on or about Sept. 7, 2013 as a result of actions by the police SWAT team; and whereas, to confer medals/awards in the aftermath of such a sensitive and emotionally charged event is unconscionable and reprehensible and should not be sanctioned by the City of Pine Bluff."


During the council meeting, Walker said, "I saw the police department film where Mr. Isadore was sitting in his bed. You could see he that he was confused and he was holding his gun. Yes, he did shoot one time but then the police burst in and shot half his [Isadore’s] head off."


After an investigation by two special prosecutors, no charges were filed against the officers who entered the bedroom where Isadore had barricaded himself. They shot Isadore several times after Isadore pointed a a gun at them. Isadore had previously fired a shot through the door of the bedroom when officers first tried to get him to come out; he also fired when police broke a bedroom window and inserted tear gas.


Speaking to a number of media representatives on Nov. 22, 2013, Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett said: "There was only one person in that house that acted inappropriately and that was Mr. Isadore, when he fired five shots at police."


On Dec. 14, 2015, U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker threw out a lawsuit filed by two of Isadore’s daughters against the City of Pine Bluff, Hubanks and now-Sergeant Brad Vilches, who fired the fatal shot at the elderly man.


Speaking after the council vote, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said she didn’t know how the council members planned to strip the medals from the officers, saying that a resolution is not law but rather "statements of intent."


City Attorney Althea Hadden-Scott has confirmed that the council resolution is not binding and lacks enforcement authority.