2 Arkansas representatives fired after video of violent arrest

Two Arkansas Representatives Who Were Caught on Video violently arresting a suspect Have been kicked out of a convenience store in August, Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said Thursday.

Damante told Fort Smith television station KHBS that Levi White and Zachary King’s deputy had been fired, but did not elaborate on the decision. Damante did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

An onlooker saw White, King, and Mulberry police officer Thale Riddle, 27, outside a convenience store in the small town of Mulberry, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock, near the border with Oklahoma. Arrested.

A lawyer for deputies did not immediately respond to messages on Thursday afternoon.

Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said Riddle is on administrative leave.

Video of the August 21 arrest shows a representative repeatedly punching Worcester in the head and kneeling and slamming his hair against the sidewalk. As this was happening, another officer held Worcester, while a third knelt on him repeatedly.

Damante said Worcester is being questioned for threatening a clerk at a convenience store in the nearby small town of Alma. Damante said Worcester tackled a representative and punched him in the head before being arrested. The deputy suffered a concussion, Damante said.

2 Arkansas representatives fired after video of violent arrest
FILE – Randall Worcester exits the Crawford County Justice Center on August 22, 2022 in Van Buren, Ark. Two Arkansas deputies caught on video violently arresting Worcester outside a convenience store in August have been fired, Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said on October 6, 2022.

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White has been a deputy with Crawford County since January 10. King has been a Crawford deputy since July 31, 2019. Before that, he had worked as a civil jailer for the county for a year and a half.

All three officers were suspended after video of the arrests circulated on social media, and state and federal officials began investigations. State police completed their investigation last month, and a special prosecutor has not announced whether all three will face charges.

Worcester filed a federal lawsuit against the officials as well as local officials, saying they violated their constitutional rights.

A Worcester lawyer called the firing a “step in the right direction”.

“This is just one step in a very long journey to get justice for Randall and for Crawford County to do justice to integrity,” Attorney Adam Rose told the AP.

Worcester was treated in a hospital and then jailed for second-degree battery and resisting arrest. He was released the next day on a surety of $15,000. Worcester’s lawsuit states that the arrest caused him permanent injuries that would require continued medical treatment.

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