Arkansas officers suspended with pay after video shows them beating man: What we know
Three neighbourhood police officers were caught on camera punching a guy during an arrest on Sunday outside a Mulberry convenience store. The Arkansas State Police and federal authorities are now looking into the incident.
According to Col. Bill Bryant on Monday, two deputies and an officer have been placed on paid leave. According to the sheriff's office, they were recognised as Mulberry policeman Thell Riddle, Crawford County sheriff's deputy Zack King, and Levi White.
The three officers can be seen hitting a man in the head and repeatedly kneeing him as they pin him down in the brief footage that was extensively circulated on social media. At one moment, a passerby yells out to them, and an officer commands the individual recording to stop when he points at the camera.
Police said they were responding to an allegation of a man threatening people. The suspect was brought to the hospital, placed under arrest for a number of offences, and eventually freed on bond.
On Sunday, state police announced that they will look into the use of force. At a press conference on Monday, Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante stated that Arkansas state police are looking into the incident "as a criminal conduct."
During a Monday press conference, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the footage and referred to it as "reprehensible behaviour."
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