Two of the officers in the video are deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the third is an officer with the Mulberry Police Department, the agencies confirmed in statements Sunday.
The video, which was posted on social media, shows the officers restraining an individual near a curb, appearing to throw punches at the person’s face and kneeing the individual in the side and back.
A woman who is not seen in the video can be heard saying, “Don’t beat him! He needs his medicine!” One officer responds, “Back the f**k up!” while another orders her to get in her car.
The person who posted the video online said her sister witnessed the altercation outside the Kountry Xpress in Mulberry.
Arkansas State Police identified the suspect as Randal Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. Worcester is charged with second-degree battery, resisting arrest, possessing an instrument of crime, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, terroristic threatening as well as first- and second-degree assault charges, according to state police and jail records.
Crawford County jail records show Worcester is being held on $15,000 bond. It was not clear Sunday night whether Worcester had an attorney.
The Mulberry police officer is on administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome, the Mulberry Police Department said in a statement to CNN.
“The City of Mulberry and the Mulberry Police Department takes these investigations very seriously and holds all their officers accountable for their actions,” Mulberry police said.
CNN is unaware of other footage of the incident at this time.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed that state police would be investigating.
CNN reached out to Arkansas State Police for comment on the investigation and did not immediately hear back.
CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe contributed to this report.
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