Three Crawford County, Arkansas law enforcement officers have been furloughed after video shared on social media shows them beating and restraining a man in a parking lot. State police will investigate the incident, the governor said.
In the video, a law enforcement officer repeatedly and brutally punches the man and slams his head against the cement floor several times. Another officer is seen kicking the man’s lower body repeatedly while a third officer holds the man to the ground.
Two of the officers are deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the third is an officer with the Mulberry City Police Department, law enforcement confirmed.
Arkansas Governor 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 pursuant to video evidence and request of the prosecutor,” he said. said in a tweet.
Crawford County Sheriff James Damante said in a statement hours earlier that his office had requested a state investigation, adding that the two deputies involved in the incident had 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 this regard,” Damante said. in the statement posted on Facebook.
In a separate statement from Mulberry Police, the department confirmed the incident captured on video involved one of its officers, who it says has since been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the state police.
“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously and hold all of their officers accountable for their actions,” officials said in a statement. Facebook post. “We will take the appropriate measures at the end of the investigation.”
Law enforcement did not confirm when or where the incident occurred, but local media report it happened Sunday in a convenience store in Mulberry.
A user named Naomi Johnson uploaded a video of the incident on TikTok which she also shared on Twitter, and said, “My sister witnessed it today.” Johnson’s video appears to have been deleted from TikTok on Sunday night.