Lawyer for MPs gives his side of Mulberry’s excessive force arrest

Lawyer for MPs gives his side of Mulberry’s excessive force arrest

A video posted on social media shows a Mulberry police officer and two Crawford County sheriff's deputy beating an individual lying face down on the ground on August 21, 2022, in Mulberry.  The Crawford County Sheriff's Department released a statement on Facebook that the two deputies have been suspended pending an investigation by the Arkansas State Police.

A video posted on social media shows a Mulberry police officer and two Crawford County sheriff’s deputy beating an individual lying face down on the ground on August 21, 2022, in Mulberry. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department released a statement on Facebook that the two deputies have been suspended pending an investigation by the Arkansas State Police.

A lawyer for Randal Ray Worcester, 27, who was beaten during an arrest in Mulberry, Arkansas, on Sunday, said he is now out of jail in the county where the “horrific” arrest took place.

And a two-deputy attorney responded to the video showing Worcester’s arrest and beating.

Worcester was punched multiple times and kneed in the side during an arrest captured on video. Representatives Levi White and Zack King and Mulberry Police Officer Thell Riddle are seen in the video above Worcester.

David Powell, a Fort Smith attorney, said family members helped Worcester post $15,000 bail and get out of Crawford County Jail on Monday afternoon.

“Our main goal was to get him out of the same detention center in the same county where he endured what we all saw in the 30-second clip,” Powell said.

Fort Smith attorney David Powell is representing Randal Ray Worcester in an excessive force arrest case against three police officers that took place Sunday in Mulberry, Arkansas.

Fort Smith attorney David Powell is representing Randal Ray Worcester in an excessive force arrest case against three police officers that took place Sunday in Mulberry, Arkansas.

Russell Wood, a Russellville attorney, released a statement Monday on behalf of White and King, the two deputies in the video. He said the sheriff’s department has more videos that have not been released.

“There is another video from the Mulberry Police Department’s patrol unit that shows the full, unedited version of the events that took place and this has not been released,” reports Wood.

Representative White was responding to a person matching the description of a suspect who threatened to cut a woman’s face with his knife, Wood claims.

Wood claims that Worcester provided the deputies with a false identity.

“While verifying this false ID, the suspect became irate and viciously attacked Representative White, grabbing him by the legs, lifting him and throwing him headfirst into the concrete parking lot,” according to the statement.

Wood reports that White hit his head on the concrete and the suspect then climbed on top of Representative White and proceeded to hit him in the back of the head and face. White was “momentarily incapacitated, but recalls being repeatedly hit in the head and later seeing the suspect struggling with Corporal King and Officer Mulberry”.

“Such a violent suspect cannot be allowed to remain unfettered, and all the force necessary is authorized to arrest this type of violent suspect. The amount of force authorized by law is always relative to the crime the suspect commits,” says Wood.

White suffered a concussion as a result of the attack, circular swelling and bruising above his right eye and is currently suffering from concussion symptoms.

There is video of a camera mounted on the dashboard of a Mulberry police car, says Wood.

“I have requested the release of the complete Mulberry Dash Cam but have not received a response to my request. I understand that edited video snippets are the new fad on social media and news outlets but these deputies deserve the whole truth to come out” , said Wood.

Wood said the Southern States Police Benevolent Association supports deputies.

Meanwhile, Worcester plans to stay with a relative in Oklahoma. Powell said he will work to have any charges brought against Worcester dismissed in Crawford County.

Alma Police said he threatened a convenience store employee before cycling to Mulberry, where he was confronted by officers.

On Sunday, August 21, in Mulberry, Worcester was arrested on charges of second degree theft, resisting arrest, refusal to submit, possession of instrument of crime, criminal trespass, criminal harm, terrorist threat and second degree assault.

Worcester is in good spirits despite his arrest. It was not the first involving police.

Worcester is currently serving a three-year suspended sentence in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, where he was charged in July 2021 with assault and battery on an Oklahoma City police officer and obstruction of an officer, court records show.

During his arrest in Mulberry, he suffered multiple injuries to his head, elbows and knees, Powell said.

“What he went through yesterday (Sunday) was awful. He complained of neck pain today, but overall he’s in a good mood,” Powell said. “We are delighted to see him out of custody at this time.”

Powell said he thinks any charges brought against Powell in Crawford County can be dropped.

“In the future, we will have meetings with the local district attorney, the local sheriff’s office and we hope to resolve this,” Powell said. “The number one goal that we have on our wish list is that we can actually get this whole case scrapped and put behind us.

This article originally appeared in the Fort Smith Times Record: Two Crawford County Representatives Are Defended by Attorney

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