Two deputies and an officer have been suspended, city and county officials said Sunday. They were identified Monday as Crawford County sheriff’s deputies Zack King and Levi White and Mulberry police officer Thell Riddle.
In the short video shared widely on social media, the three officers are seen punching a man in the head and kneeing him several times as they pinned him down. At one point, a bystander calls out to them and an officer points at the camera ordering the person to stop recording.
The video, which appears to be recorded from a nearby car, shows officers holding down the suspect, later identified as Randall Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. One officer repeatedly punched Worcester in the head, grabbed him by the hair and appeared to slam his face into the pavement. Another struck him with his knee as the third helped restrain him.
The suspect was identified as Randall Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina. He was taken to a local hospital to be examined and treated before being booked at the Crawford County Jail in Van Buren, state police said.