In the video, which sparked outrage on social media, officers hold down a white man, punching him hard in the head and kicking his legs with their knees, and slamming his face against the concrete floor.
“It’s serious,” says a person off camera. When passersby try to approach the police, one of them orders them to stay away.
Videos showing police violence regularly make headlines in the United States, a country still marked by the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in May 2020.
“Like many of you, I was shocked and sickened by what I saw,” said Gary Baxter, the mayor of the town where the video was filmed, Mulberry, announcing that one of the officers had been placed on “administrative leave” pending the results of an investigation.
The imprisoned victim
The other two officers, who work for Crawford County, were also suspended, with the sheriff promising he would take “appropriate action.”
The violent arrest happened outside a grocery store on Sunday, according to Arkansas State Police, which has opened an investigation into officers’ “use of force.” The victim, Randall Worcester, 27, was transported to a hospital before being imprisoned, according to the same source. He is the subject of several counts, including refusing to comply, resisting arrest and assault.