Arkansas police video: 2 deputies suspended and 1 officer on administrative leave after video posted of violent encounter with man outside store

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Two of the officers in the video are officers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the third is from the Mulberry Police Department, the agencies confirmed in statements Sunday.

The video, posted on social media, shows officers restraining a person at a curb, appearing to punch the person’s face and kneeling on the person’s side and back.

A woman not seen in the video can be heard saying, “Don’t hit him! He needs his meds!” An officer replies, “Back the f**k up!” while another orders her to get into her car.

The person who posted the video online said her sister witnessed the altercation outside the Kountry Xpress in Mulberry.

Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante told CNN affiliate KHBS that the suspect was wanted for allegedly threatening a gas station attendant in a neighboring town. When seen in Mulberry, Damante said the man initially cooperated, but then tried to attack the officers, leading to the confrontation seen in the video. The sheriff told KHBS that the suspect was being examined at a hospital and taken to jail, while a deputy sheriff suffered minor head injuries during the altercation.

The Arkansas state police identified the suspect as Randal Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. Worcester is charged with second-degree battery, resisting arrest, possessing an instrument for crime, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, terrorist threat and first- and second-degree assault, according to state police and prison records.

Crawford County jail records show that Worcester is being held on $15,000 bail. It was not clear Sunday night whether Worcester had a lawyer.

“Referring to the video circulating on social media involving two Crawford County deputies, we have asked the Arkansas State Police to conduct the investigation and the deputies have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” the Crawford said. County Sheriff’s Office in a statement posted Sunday. on Facebook.

The Mulberry police officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, the Mulberry Police Department said in a statement to CNN.

Mulberry City Council and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously and hold all their officers accountable for their actions.

CNN is not aware of any other footage of the incident at this time.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson confirmed that the state police would investigate.

“I have spoken to Colonel Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police Department and the local arrest incident in Crawford County will be investigated based on the video evidence and the prosecution’s request,” Hutchinson said in a statement. post on Twitter.

CNN contacted the Arkansas state police for comment on the investigation and did not immediately hear back.

CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe contributed to this report.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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