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Feds and Arkansas State Police Investigate Police Beating Incident

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VIRAL  VIDEO  PROMPTS  INVESTIGATION— Federal authorities say they have started a civil rights investigation after a video posted on social media showed two Arkansas police officers beating a man while a third officer held him on the ground. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson said Monday that the federal investigation would be separate from the Arkansas State Police investigation of the arrest.

Authorities said the officers were responding to a report of a man making threats outside a convenience store Sunday in the small town of Mulberry, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock, near the border with Oklahoma. During a press conference yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson made these comments concerning the incident.

“This is not what our law enforcement community represents, it’s not the proper response,” Hutchinson said.

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson's YouTube
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson shared his concerns over the beating incident during a routine press conference on Monday.

The video that went viral on social media Sunday shows three law enforcement officers repeatedly punching and kneeing a man, as well as slamming his head to the pavement. The man was later identified as 27 year old Randall Worcester of Goose Creek, South Carolina.

The video also shows police telling a bystander responding to the incident to get away from the scene. An attorney for the two deputies says Worcester attacked one of the deputies, giving him a concussion. The three officers have been suspended with pay.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.