3 Arkansas law enforcement officers suspended for arrest

MULBERRY, Ark. (AP) — Three Arkansas law enforcement officers were suspended Sunday following social media outrage over a video apparently showing two deputies and an officer beating an arrested suspect.

Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante released a statement late Sunday saying two county deputies will be suspended pending the Arkansas State Police’s investigation into the incident and the internal sheriff’s office investigation. A Mulberry police officer was also suspended.

“I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this regard,” Damante said.

In a statement late Sunday, Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said the officer involved in the incident was on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously,” Gregory said.

Police said a report said a man threatened an employee of a convenience store in Mulberry on Sunday morning. Mulberry is located approximately 137 miles (220.48 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.

Police said when officers confronted the man, he pushed a deputy to the ground and punched him in the back of the head, leading to the arrest seen in the video. In the video, the three law enforcement officers are seen above the suspect, at times punching him with fists.

The unidentified man was arrested and transported to a local hospital. He faces charges of threatening terrorism, resisting arrest and other assault charges, police said.

No other information was immediately available.


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