Oct 6, 2022 - News

Arkansas officers in violent arrest video fired

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office has fired two deputies seen in an August video that emerged online of a man, Randal Worcester, apparently being beaten during an arrest.

The latest: Deputies Zack King and Levi White were fired within the past two weeks, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office administrative assistant confirmed to KNWA.

  • The exact date of their dismissal was not provided.

Catch up quick: A video showing King, White and Mulberry officer Thell Riddle widely circulated on social media on Aug. 21. The officers were suspended that day.

Yes, and: Worcester filed a civil lawsuit on Aug. 29 against the officers as well as Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante and Mulberry police chief Shannon Gregory in their official capacities and the sheriff's office, police department, city and county.

What they're saying: Damante previously said in video statement that prior to the incident with police officers, Worcester threatened a gas station employee with a knife, telling her he would cut her face, and spit on her.

  • Damante said Worcester "aggressively tackled one of the deputies, slamming that deputy's head into the concrete causing a serious concussion. The criminal then punched the deputy in the head" before the citizen who filmed the incident began recording.
  • "This is a step in the right direction but nowhere near the end of the journey for justice," Adam Rose, one of Worcester's attorneys, said, per KNWA. "It is interesting that the Crawford County Sheriff's office has changed their tune from their initial defense and video statements but I'm glad they have finally decided to do the right thing."
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