The US Justice Department (DOJ) announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted two former Arkansas sheriff’s deputies with federal civil rights offense for using excessive force during an arrest. Former deputies Levi White and Zackary King were captured on camera last August beating Randal Worcester who was already restrained and on the ground.
The victim also sued the former deputies in federal court shortly after the incident occurred. The complaint alleges that “the Defendant Officers continued to repeatedly punch, kick, and knee Worcester in the face, head, back, stomach and legs.”
The complaint also alleges that White slammed the subject’s head into the ground while he was still detained. According to the complaint, Worcester sustained injuries “to his face, body, and head for which he will need continual medical treatment” as a result of the alleged unconstitutional force.
If convicted on the federal charges, White and King face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the excessive-force charge; both defendants also face a fine of up to $250,000. Another local police officer, Thell Riddle, was involved in the incident and was named in the civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Worcester, but was not mentioned in the indictment.