Arkansas officers suspended amid investigation into viral video showing them punching and kicking suspect

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Three Arkansas law enforcement officers have been suspended as Arkansas State Police investigate a video posted to social media that allegedly shows them punching and kicking to a suspect under arrest.

The graphic video shows an officer punching the man in the head and banging his head against cement, while another officer appears to kick him in the lower body. A third officer is seen restraining the suspect.

Two of the officers are deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and a third officer is affiliated with the Mulberry Police Department.

Arkansas State Police identified the suspect as 27-year-old Randall Worcester of Goose Creek, South Carolina. He was taken to an area hospital for examination and treatment, then released and imprisoned, police said.

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Randall Worcester, 27, was shown being restrained and beaten by officers in a video circulating on social media.
(Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

Worcester was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, refusing to submit and possession of an instrumentality of crime, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, threatening terrorism and assault in the second degree.

A video posted by Fox 16’s Mitchell McCoy shows the graphic arrest. The video was apparently first uploaded to TikTok. It has since been removed from the platform.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said a store employee called police after Worcester allegedly spat in their faces and made threats, McCoy reported. Police said when officers confronted Worcester, he pushed a deputy to the ground and punched him in the back of the head, prompting the arrest seen in the video.

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Arkansas authorities affirmed their commitment to investigate the case Sunday night.

“The State Police investigation will be limited to the use of physical force by the deputies and the officer,” Arkansas State Police said in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, the case will be referred to the Crawford County District Attorney who will determine whether law enforcement’s use of force complied with Arkansas law.”

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“I hold all of my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action in this regard,” the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.

Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante also confirmed the two deputies will be suspended as part of the Arkansas State Police investigation.

The Mulberry policeman was also suspended.

“The City of Mulberry Police Department is aware of video circulating on social media involving one of our officers,” Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said in a statement. “The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously and hold all of their officers accountable for their actions. We will take appropriate action upon completion of the investigation.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson posted about the arrest on Twitter.

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

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Fox News Digital has contacted the Arkansas State Police, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Mulberry Police Department for additional information.

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