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3 Arkansas officers suspended after video of arrest emerges

Three police officers in Crawford County, Arkansas, were suspended Sunday after video emerged online of a suspect apparently being beaten, per AP.

Driving the news headlines: Three officers in the video seem to be along with the suspect hitting him during an arrest.

The picture as a whole: Police said a guy was making threats to a convenience store employee in Mulberry on Sunday morning so when officers confronted him, he pushed a deputy to the bottom and punched the trunk of his head, AP reports.

  • The person was taken up to an area hospital. His condition had not been immediately disclosed.

What they’re saying: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson tweeted that the incident “will undoubtedly be investigated pursuant to the video evidence and the request of the prosecuting attorney.”

  • Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante said in a statement Sunday that two deputies have been suspended regarding the the video.
  • “I hold all my employees in charge of their actions and can take appropriate measures in this matter,” Damante said.

Meanwhile, Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory said an officer have been positioned on leave “pending the results of the investigation,” per AP.

What we’re watching: The Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident.

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