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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Former West Memphis Police Officer David Kohl was charged Wednesday after prosecutors say he filed a false report last month.

The department said the state prosecutors office told them the information they were given about an arrest made by Officer Kohl, 23, on October 29th didn’t lineup with his dash cam footage. He was placed on non-enforcement status pending an administrative investigation the same day.

Officer Kohl, who had been with the department since 2019, was terminated on Wednesday.

Crittenden County Sheriff Office said Officer Kohl turned himself in later Wednesday night.

He was charged with filing a false report with law enforcement and aggravated assault.

Officer Kohl spent the night in jail and saw a circuit court judge Thursday morning. He was released on his own recognizance. 

West Memphis Police Chief Michael Pope made a brief statement saying, “This is an unfortunate incident that required immediate attention. Because of the swift action by the prosecutors and the West Memphis Police Department, I hope this sends a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated by our department or the state prosecutor’s office.”

This is an active and ongoing investigation.