Three police officers in the US state of Arkansas have been suspended and are under investigation, authorities said after a video showing them violently beating a suspect during an arrest went viral.
The video, taken by a bystander during the incident near the town of Mulberry on Sunday, shows the three male officers punching the suspect repeatedly in the face and kneeling as he lies on the ground.
#BREAK: Arkansas state police are launching an investigation into this incident, captured on camera, outside a grocery store in Crawford County. ASP says two provincial deputies and a Mulberry police officer were involved. #ARNews
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— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) August 21, 2022
“This is bad,” you hear a woman say. When bystanders call to the officers, they are ordered to stay behind.
It is the most recent incident of police brutality caught on camera and has sparked outrage in the United States.
Two of the officers are from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and one from the Mulberry Police Department.
“Referring to the 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,” the Sheriff’s Office said. Crawford County Office on Facebook on Sunday.
“I hold all my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this matter,” the statement added.
Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter said the third officer had also been placed on administrative leave and the Arkansas state police were investigating.
The video left him “shocked and nauseous,” he said in a statement on Facebook.
He pledged to take the results of the investigation “very seriously” and to take “all steps necessary to ensure that this never happens again”.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also confirmed the investigation on social media.
Local television channel 40/29 News reported that the man was arrested after threatening a gas station attendant earlier on Sunday.
He initially cooperated with the officers before attempting to attack them, it said. It didn’t say whether he was armed or not.
The suspect was first taken to hospital before being admitted to the Crawford County Jail and charged with a slew of charges, including battery, assault and resisting arrest, the station reported.
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