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Two Former Arkansas Sheriff’s Deputies Charged with Beating a Suspect at a Gas Station

ARKANSAS

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging former Crawford County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Deputies Levi White and Zackary King with federal civil rights offenses for using excessive force, according to authorities.

White and King beat a 27-year-old man during the arrest of that man at a gas station in Mulberry, Arkansas, on Aug. 21, officials stated.

Specifically, count one of the indictment alleges that, while the arrestee was lying on the ground, White struck him multiple times.

Count two of the indictment alleges that King struck the arrestee multiple times, also while the arrestee was lying on the ground.

The indictment further alleges that the arrestee suffered bodily injury due to White and King’s actions.

If convicted, White and King face up to 10 years in prison for the excessive-force charge. The defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The FBI Little Rock Field Office investigated the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin Roberts and Devon Still for the Western District of Arkansas and Trial Attorneys Anna Gotfryd and Michael J. Songer of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case.

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