Three Arkansas law enforcement officers have been suspended after a video was posted to social media showing them punching and kicking a suspect that was under arrest.
Randall Worcester, 27, was arrested for resisting arrest, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, terroristic threatening, and second-degree assault. A video of the arrest was uploaded to TikTok.
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#BREAKING: Arkansas State Police launch investigation into this incident, captured on camera, outside a convenience store in Crawford County. ASP says two county deputies and a Mulberry police officer were involved. #ARNews
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A store clerk called police after Worcester allegedly spat in their face and made threats. Worcester was arrested.
Arkansas State Police said they will investigate whether the use of force by the deputies and police officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two deputies would be suspended and that Arkansas State Police would investigate.
Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said the department takes such videos seriously and will take appropriate action after the investigation.
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