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Arkansas Family Honors Man Who Died In Police Custody by Giving Back

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On December 10th, 2021, an Arkansas man died while in police custody, and on the anniversary of his death, his family decided to honor him by giving back to the less fortunate in Little Rock. Even though two years have passed since his death, Terrance Caffey’s family has continued calling for accountability.

Caffey died after he went into medical distress during his arrest by Little Rock Police at the Movie Tavern. Last fall, law enforcement released body camera video and the Pulaski County prosecutor ruled that the officers involved would not face criminal charges. Now, his family is making sure that they can still honor his life by being able to help others.

“Putting smiles on their faces, it’s helping us to move and go on,” Caffey’s sister, Crystal said.

They set up shop in front of Value Foods on Colonel Glenn and people were able to walk away from the event with more than just smiles.

“We just want to help the community out here, it’s cold. [We want to] give back to them. We have sleeping bags, gloves, clothes, shoes, everything they would need to sleep out here in the cold,” Crystal Caffey said.

Caffey’s aunt, Nicole Ewing, and his sister both said that is what Terence would have wanted.

“Terence had a passion for helping the homeless people, helping the underprivileged, he [was] always rooting for the underdog. And so this was one of his passions. And so to keep his memory alive, we’re coming out here, and we’re going to do what he would have wanted to do,” Ewing added.

However, this isn’t the last giveaway. They hope to do this at least a couple of times a month.

“When we’re trying to get this together, and we’re saying, Oh, we don’t have this, we don’t have that. It’s his spirit, his drive, his tenacity that we get from him and say, Yes, we can. We’re gonna do it. And we just keep on,” Ewing described.

At the end of the day, they said they’re looking for accountability.

“We’re going to believe that God is in control of that, he’s going to work it out. So what we are going to do is what we need to do on our end and this is some of it,” Ewing said.

Source: THV11