Two sheriff’s deputies were fired after a video circulated showing them violently beating a man while being arrested.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has fired Levi White and Zachary King, the sheriff said Thursday.
White and King, along with police officer Thell Riddle, were seen on video arresting Randal Worcester in the town of Mulberry, Arkansas, in August.
The video shows an officer repeatedly punching Worcester in the head as he lies face down on the sidewalk held by the other two men. After a few seconds of fistfights, a second officer also begins kneeing him repeatedly.
The incident was filmed by a woman sitting in a nearby car.
All three men were suspended after the video circulated online. State and federal authorities announced investigations into the incident.
Arkansas State Police concluded their investigation on September 8, but the state’s special prosecutor, Emily White, has not decided whether the men will face charges.
Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante has not commented further on the deputies’ firing.
“I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this matter,” Damante stated after initially placing White and King on furlough.
Riddle remains on unpaid leave from her job with the Mulberry Police Department, Police Chief Shannon Gregory said.
Worcester filed a federal lawsuit against the three officers, claiming they violated his constitutional rights. The lawsuit claims that he has permanent injuries from the arrest.
After he was taken to a hospital, Worcester was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and making terroristic threats.
Worcester attorney Adam Rose praised the decision to fire the officers. “It’s just one step in a very long journey to get justice for Randal and honestly for Crawford County as a whole,” he said.
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