Sheriff IDs Arkansas officers suspended after violent arrest

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Two Crawford County Sheriff’s officers and a Mulberry police officer have been suspended with pay after being arrested Sunday morning. A video posted to Facebook, which can be viewed above, shows officers beating a man they were arresting on the sidewalk outside Kountry Xpress near Mulberry. The Crawford County Sheriff identified the three law enforcement officers as Deputy Levi White, Deputy Zack King and Mulberry Officer Thell Riddle. Arrest Incident The incident began at a gas station in Alma. Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said a man named Randall Worcester threatened a clerk, who called police. The police issued a “be wary”. The man left the gas station and rode his bike to the Kountry Xpress, where a deputy saw him, Damante said. Damante said the suspect initially cooperated. Then, Damante said, he turned violent and tried to attack the officers. That’s when they held him and where the video picks up. Damante told 40/29 News that one of the officers suffered minor head injuries during the incident. Investigation Arkansas state police are investigating the incident. In a release, they said the investigation “will be limited to the use of physical force by the officers and police officers.” “I want everyone to take a good look at this,” Damante said. “We’re going to look into this and I want to hold my people accountable.” He said a dashcam video from the Mulberry Police Department shows more of the incident. It has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police and has not been released to the public. A lawyer for White and King wrote to 40/29 News that he has requested the release of the Mulberry dashcam video. Man arrested according to Arkansas State Police, the man arrested in the video is Randall Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. Worcester was charged with second-degree battery, resisting arrest, refusal to submit, possession of an instrument of crime, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, terrorist threat and second-degree assault. Damante said Worcester was placed in the Crawford County Jail. He refused medical treatment, but Damante said he was taken to hospital to be examined anyway. Worcester was released from prison on Monday afternoon. He and his lawyer declined to discuss the incident. Officer’s Attorney Releases Statement An attorney for White and King emailed a press release about the incident to 40/29 News and spoke to our reporter on the phone. Attorney Russell Wood said Worcester attacked White, hitting him with his body in a concrete parking lot and then hitting him in the back of the head and face. Wood said White had suffered a concussion. “Such a violent suspect should not be left uninhibited and all necessary force is authorized to arrest this type of violent suspect,” Wood said. some medical assistance,” Wood said. “This shows that the compliance strikes carried out by the deputies were used exactly as trained. “These techniques are taught to them to cause pain, but not harm, and that is exactly what happened,” Wood said. “Now I understand that the video may look bad to the general public, but this is how they have been trained to deal with these violent offenders who do not want to be arrested. Official response” The behavior that appears in the video circulating is not indicative of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department or any law enforcement agency in this area,” Sheriff Jimmy Damante said. Asa Hutchinson called a violent arrest in Arkansas “reprehensible behavior” and contrary to their education.

Two Crawford County Sheriff’s officers and a Mulberry police officer have been suspended with pay after being arrested Sunday morning.

A video on Facebook, which can be viewed above, shows officers beating a man they were arresting on the sidewalk outside Kountry Xpress near Mulberry.

The Crawford County Sheriff identified the three law enforcement officers as Deputy Levi White, Deputy Zack King and Mulberry officer Thell Riddle.

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The incident started at a gas station in Alma.

Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said a man named Randall Worcester threatened a clerk, who called police. The police issued a “be wary”. The man left the gas station and rode his bike to the Kountry Xpress, where a deputy saw him, Damante said.

Damante said the suspect initially cooperated. Then, Damante said, he turned violent and tried to attack the officers. That’s when they pinned him down and where the video continues.

Damante told 40/29 News that one of the deputies suffered minor head injuries during the incident.

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Arkansas state police are investigating the incident. In a release, they said the investigation “will be limited to the use of physical force by the officers and police officers”.

“I want everyone to take a good look at this,” Damante said. “We’re going to look into this and I want to hold my people accountable.”

He said a dashcam video from the Mulberry Police Department shows more of the incident. It has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police and has not been released to the public.

A lawyer for White and King wrote to 40/29 News that he has requested the release of the Mulberry dashcam video.

Man who was arrested

According to the Arkansas State Police, the man arrested in the video is Randall Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. Worcester was charged with second-degree battery, resisting arrest, refusal to submit, possession of an instrument of crime, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, terrorist threat and second-degree assault.

Damante said Worcester was placed in Crawford County Jail. He refused medical treatment, but Damante said he was taken to the hospital for examination anyway.

Worcester was released from prison on Monday afternoon.

He and his lawyer declined to discuss the incident.

Officer’s attorney releases statement

An attorney for White and King emailed a press release about the incident to 40/29 News and spoke to our reporter on the phone.

Attorney Russell Wood said Worcester attacked White, hitting him with his body in a concrete parking lot and then hitting him in the back of the head and face. Wood said White had suffered a concussion.

“Such a violent suspect should not be allowed to go uninhibited and all necessary force is allowed to arrest this type of violent suspect,” Wood said.

“The suspect also stated that he had no injuries when he was taken to prison and that he did not require or seek medical attention,” Wood said. “This shows that the compliance strikes carried out by the deputies were used exactly as trained.”

“These techniques are taught to them to cause pain, but not to cause harm, and that’s exactly what happened,” Wood said. “Now I understand that the video may look bad to the general public, but this is how they have been trained to deal with these violent offenders who do not want to be arrested.”

Official response

“The behavior in the video circulating is not indicative of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department or any law enforcement agency in this area,” Sheriff Jimmy Damante said.

“We condemn all violence against any civilian or person detained by the sheriff,” he said.

Governor Asa Hutchinson called a violent arrest in Arkansas “reprehensible behavior” and contrary to their education.

The Valley Voice
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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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