Monday, January 4, 2021

Little Rock Radio: Former KAUR Reporter Charged With Firebombing

A former public radio reporter has been charged with firebombing cop cars during Black Lives Matter protests in Arkansas, according to The NY Post citing federal authorities.

Renea Goddard, 22, was one of four charged earlier this month with allegedly sneaking into Arkansas State Police headquarters to slash squad car tires and torch them with Molotov cocktails, the US Attorney’s Office said in a release.

Goddard — whose Twitter says she is president of Students for a Democratic Society — was named by witnesses as being part of the attack, and was seen on surveillance entering in dark clothing, prosecutors said.

“Federal search warrants were executed to obtain the locations of their cell phones, and cell site data confirmed that their cell phones were in the location,” the release said.

Renea Gooddard
She was arrested and released from jail on Dec. 17, according to federal court records obtained by ABC7.

“Breaking into a police compound and firebombing a police vehicle with a homemade explosive device is clearly not a peaceful protest,” US Attorney Cody Hiland said of the four charged.

It was Goddard’s second arrest from the Black Lives Matter protests, having been busted for violating curfews in June, the outlet said.

Her LinkedIn says she comes from a military family and worked for Arkansas Public Media.

She then worked as a “reporter and host” for KUAR Public Radio, as well as contributing to an LGBTQ news outlet, her profile said.

KUAR confirmed that Goddard had been a part-time employee at the radio station, but said she was not working there when she was arrested.

“At the time of the incident, the individual had not been affiliated with the radio station for over six months,” a spokesperson said.

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