Three Arkansas police officers were placed on leave on Sunday after repeatedly beating Randall Worcester during an arrest in Mulberry, Crawford County.
After knocking Worcester, 27, to the ground, the Arkansas police are seen on film kicking him repeatedly.
Police beat man in Mulberry, Arkansas pic.twitter.com/43SQmp6xpL
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The Associated Press said that Worcester was charged with assaulting a police officer and threatening a worker. He was taken to officers after the assault before being imprisoned. He is accused of second-degree assault, second-degree violence, refusing to comply, having a weapon used in a crime, threatening terrorism, causing criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.
Three officers can be seen: one kneeing the guy, another punching him with a clenched fist, and a third keeping him down.
NPR reports that one of the cops is with the Mulberry Police Department, while the other two are deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s office.
No amount of copaganda will repair public trust in police. The Arkansas video is yet another example of rampant and systemic police brutality and corruption. Merrick Garland should hand out investigations like he’s Oprah. “You get an investigation! You get an investigation!”
— Marc Olivier (@takeoutphoto) August 22, 2022
State Governor Asa Hutchinson responded to the occurrence by announcing that steps would be taken to look into it.
“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.”
In an official Facebook post, the Mulberry Police Department reflected a similar sentiment. They said:
“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department takes these investigations very seriously and holds all their officers accountable for their actions. We will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of the investigation.”
March 3, 1991 Rodney King beating in the dark of night (L) was once the most explicit footage of police brutality ever seen on TV. Aug. 21, 2022 Arkansas Police beat (R) a man in broad daylight.
Millions spent on body cameras & "sensitivity training"
The more things change… pic.twitter.com/9cRcaRw64l
— Chris Schneider (@sundaysociology) August 22, 2022