3 Arkansas officers suspended after video captures beaten


MULBERRY, Ark. (AP) — Three Arkansas law enforcement officers were suspended Sunday following social media outrage over a video showing a suspect being held to the ground and beaten.

Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante released a statement late Sunday saying two county deputies will be suspended pending the Arkansas State Police’s investigation into the incident and the internal sheriff’s office investigation. A Mulberry police officer was also suspended.

WARNING: The video included in this story may contain disturbing content.

GRAPHIC: The three law enforcement officers have been suspended following outrage over a video showing a suspect being held down and beaten. (KHBS, FACEBOOK, CNN)

“I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this regard,” Damante said.

In a statement late Sunday, Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said the officer involved in the incident was on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously,” Gregory said.

Police said a report said a man threatened an employee of a convenience store in Mulberry on Sunday morning. Mulberry is located approximately 137 miles (220.48 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.

Police said when officers confronted the man, he pushed a deputy to the ground and punched him in the back of the head, leading to the arrest seen in the video.

Three law enforcement officers are seen in the video. One can be seen punching the barefoot suspect with a clenched fist, while another can be seen bringing him to his knees, and a third holding him down.

The unidentified man was arrested and transported to a local hospital. He faces charges of threatening terrorism, resisting arrest and other assault charges, police said.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Twitter late Sunday that “the incident in Crawford County will be investigated pursuant to video evidence and the prosecutor’s request.”

No other information was immediately available.


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