The stepdad of the man whose beating by three Arkansas legislation enforcement officers was captured in surprising video stated he hopes they “burn” for what they did to his son.
The footage, which was shot by a bystander, exhibits three officers — Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies Zack King and Levi White and Mulberry police officer Thell Riddle — assaulting Randal Worcester as he lies on the bottom.
“I hope they burn,” Eric Wedding, Worcester’s stepdad, told the Daily Beast on Monday.
“Enough is enough.”
The officers concerned within the Sunday incident exterior a comfort retailer in Mulberry, northwest of Little Rock, have all been suspended, and state police have launched an investigation.
Wedding, a army veteran, informed the outlet his household has employed an out-of-state lawyer, in addition to native lawyer Carrie Jernigan.
“We do not know what would happen if that person would not have been videoing … whoever that is, I think she could have saved his life,” Jernigan stated at a current press convention.
The video — which was posted on TikTok and has since racked up tens of millions of views — exhibits one officer punching Worcester, whereas one other will be seen hitting the man along with his knee.
The third officer is seen pinning Worcester to the bottom.
Worcester, 27, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, was taken to the hospital following the incident. He was then jailed and faces a number of fees, together with second-degree battery and resisting arrest.
He was launched on a $15,000 bond on Monday.
Officers had been referred to as to the comfort retailer to answer the man’s erratic conduct, police stated.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson stated Monday that the legislation enforcement response proven within the video was “not consistent” with the coaching carried out on the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.