Three Arkansas Law enforcement officers have been suspended after a video of a suspect being tackled to the ground went viral on social media.
Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damonde issued a statement Sunday evening saying two county deputies will be suspended pending an Arkansas State Police investigation into the incident and an internal investigation by the sheriff’s office. A Mulberry town police officer was also suspended.
“I will hold all my staff responsible for their actions and will take appropriate action in this matter,” Damante said.
In a statement Sunday evening, the Mulberry Police Chief said the officer involved in the incident is on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. “The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department take these investigations very seriously,” said Shannon Gregory.
According to police, a report indicated that a man threatened an employee at a convenience store in Mulberry on Sunday morning. The city is about 135 miles (220 km) northwest of Little Rock.
When officers confronted the man he pushed a deputy to the ground and punched him in the back of the head, leading to the arrest seen on video.
Three law enforcement officers are seen in the video. One can be seen punching the shoeless suspect, another kneeling him and a third holding him down.
The unidentified man was arrested and taken to a local hospital. He faces charges of making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and other assaults, police said.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted Sunday night that “the incident in Crawford County will be investigated based on video evidence and the prosecution’s request”.
No further information was immediately available.