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Arkansas deputies arrested for excessive force in violent arrest

 

Crawford County deputies who were seen in a video beating a man outside a Mulberry gas station have been arrested by the FBI.

CRAWFORD COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Arkansas. Crawford County deputies who were seen in a video beating a man outside a Mulberry gas station in August 2022 have been arrested by the FBI.

U.S. marshals took Levi White and Zachary King into custody on Tuesday morning and went to their first appearance at the federal courthouse in Fort Smith, according to an FBI spokesman.

White and King were fired from the Crawford County Sheriff’s office back in October after several investigations were launched after the violent arrest was caught on video seen by thousands across the country.

In the video, King and White, along with police officer Mulberry Tell Riddle, are seen riding Randal Wooster in a store on Sunday, August 21, and two assistants appear to be hitting and kicking Wooster while he is on the ground.

Officer Riddle is still on administrative leave from the Mulberry Police Department. The video shows how he only holds the Wooster.

The incident led to an investigation and a civil suit alleging the use of excessive force by deputies.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the charges relate to two deputies violating Worcester’s civil rights. White and King were charged by a federal grand jury for hitting Wooster “several times” while he was on the ground.

The indictment goes on to state that Worcester “suffered bodily harm” as a result of the actions of two deputies.

If found guilty, White and King face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as three years of parole and a fine of up to $250,000.

Former MPs are formally charged with disqualification under the pretext of law for violating Worcester’s constitutional right “to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer,” court documents say.

Both MPs were released on $5,000 bail. The trial is scheduled for April 3, 2023 in Fort Smith Federal Court.

Their lawyer Russell Wood says: “The allegations contained in the indictment are not true. I look forward to our opportunity to share what happened. We will have the opportunity to do this in a jury trial.”

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