Arkansas officers suspended after video on social media showing police beating: NPR

Three law enforcement officers have been placed on leave in Crawford County, Arkansas, after a video shared on social media showed them thrashing and stopping a man in a parking lot. The state police will investigate the incident, the governor said.

In the video, a law enforcement officer repeatedly and ruthlessly punches the man and slams his head against the cement ground several times. Another officer is seen repeatedly kicking the man’s lower body while a third officer is seen pressing the man down.

Two of the officers are deputized with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the third is an officer with the City of Mulberry Police Department, law enforcement has confirmed.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed that state police would investigate the “arrest incident”.

“I have spoken with Colonel Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police and the local arrest incident in Crawford County will be investigated as requested by video evidence and prosecuting attorneys,” he said. said in a tweet,

Crawford County Sheriff James Damante said in a statement an hour ago that his office had requested a state investigation, adding that the two deputies involved in the incident have been suspended “pending the results of the investigation.”

“I hold all my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate measures in this matter,” said Damante in statement Posted on Facebook.

In a separate statement from the Mulberry police, the department confirmed that one of its officers was involved in the incident captured on video, whom it said has been put on administrative leave till the results of the state police investigation.

“Mulberry City and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously and hold all its officers accountable for their actions,” the officials said. facebook post, “We will take appropriate action upon conclusion of the investigation.”

Law enforcement did not confirm when or where the incident occurred, but local media reports This happened on a Sunday at a Mulberry convenience store.

A user named Naomi Johnson uploaded a video of the incident to TikTok which she also shared on Twitter, saying: “My sister saw this today.” Johnson’s video was removed from TikTok on Sunday evening.

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