The public is demanding answers after three law enforcement officers were filmed using force against a suspect in Mulberry, Arkansas.
MULBERRY, Ark. – Two Crawford County deputies have been suspended and a Mulberry police officer is on administrative leave after a video showing a violent arrest emerged, sparking outrage on social media.
In the video, the three law enforcement officers are seen above the suspect, allegedly using excessive force, at a convenience store in Mulberry, Arkansas, on Sunday, August 21.
According to Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Sheriff Jimmy Damante, around 10 a.m. Sunday, Alma police were called about a man making terrorism threats against an employee of convenience store. The suspect allegedly spat on the employee and threatened to “cut his face”.
Sheriff Damante says the man then cycled to Mulberry, near exit 20, where the Mulberry officer and deputies met him. The conversation started calmly, but the sheriff says the man then began to attack one of the deputies by pushing him to the ground and punching him in the back of the head, which led to what was seen in the video.
In the video, the deputies and the officer are seen holding the man to the ground, kneeling on top of him and slamming his face to the ground.
WARNING: The video below contains graphical content that some may find disturbing:
Arkansas State Police are currently investigating the incident while the CCSO is conducting an internal investigation.
The CCSO posted the following statement on Facebook:
“In reference to 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. investigation. I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in the matter.”
Sheriff Damante says the deputy was told to go to the hospital to have his injuries checked.
The man, whose identity has not been revealed for the moment, was imprisoned and then taken to a hospital in the region. The extent of his injuries is not known at this time. He faces charges of threatening terrorism, resisting arrest, 2nd degree battery, trespassing, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime, according to Sheriff Damante.
The Mulberry Police Department released the following statement regarding the incident:
“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department are aware of video circulating on social media involving one of our officers. Arkansas State Police have been asked to investigate the incident. The officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously and hold all of their officers accountable for their actions. We will take appropriate action to the end of the investigation.
On Sunday night, the video was shared thousands of times on social media.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson posted the following statement on Twitter regarding the incident:
No further details have been released at this time. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.
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