Police Officers Suspended After Video Shows Them Beating Suspect

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Three Arkansas police officers were reportedly suspended after video shared Sunday on social media showed them beating a suspect.

The incident unfolded when officers responded to a call about a man identified as Randall Worcester, who was threatening convenience store employees, according to THV11. Worcester allegedly threatened to “cut off their face,” according to the report. Worcester fled the scene on a bike and authorities later caught up with him and had a “calm and civil” discussion before he allegedly attacked one of the sheriffs, according to the report.

Video posted to Twitter shows one officer holding Worcester down on the ground while a different officer violently punched his head before pummeling Worcester with his knee multiple times.

The officer who was punching Worcester eventually lifted Worcester’s head and slammed it down into the sidewalk as Worcester tried to protect hismself, the video shows. (RELATED: School Surveillance Video Allegedly Shows Off-Duty Police Officer Kneeling On 12-Year-Old GIrl’s Neck)

Authorities are investigating the incident, according to Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“I have spoken with Col. Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police and the local arrest incident in Crawford County will be investigated pursuant to the video evidence and the request of the prosecuting attorney,” Hutchinson tweeted.

Two of the officers work with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office while the third works with the Mulberry Police Department. The Mulberry officer was placed on administrative leave, according to the New York Post.

“In reference to the video circulating social media involving two Crawford County Deputies, we have requested that Arkansas State Police conduct the investigation and the Deputies have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said in a statement, according to the New York Post. “I hold all my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate measures in this matter.”