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Arkansas officers suspended after social media video shows police beating: NPR

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.

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.

Crawford County Sheriff James Damante is asking Arkansas State Police to investigate the incident.

“In reference 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. ‘investigation,” Damante said in a statement posted on Facebook. “I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this regard.”

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 the Facebook post. “We will take the appropriate measures at the end of the investigation.”

Law enforcement has not confirmed when or where the incident happened, but local media reports it happened at a convenience store in Mulberry on Sunday.

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 evening.


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