Two other people have come forward to allege excessive force was used against them by one of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies involved in the violent arrest of a man in Mulberry, Arkansas, last month.
Polly Risenhoover, 67, and Sarah Trammell, 44, each said they were forcibly handled during encounters with Deputy Zach King, one of three Arkansas law enforcement officers whose conduct during the arrest of Randal Worcester in August prompted state and federal investigations. Last month, a woman and a man said Levi White, another deputy involved in the arrest, also used excessive force against them on separate occasions.
Trammell said she feared for her life when meeting King, while Risenhoover said her interaction with the deputy left her so bruised she had to stay in the hospital for a long time.
“I don’t think anything I’ve done justifies this kind of pain to me,” Risenhoover said. “It’s been a tough year.”
King, White and Mulberry police officer Thell Riddle was convicted, including by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, last month when they were recorded by a passerby in a video that went viral violently arresting Worcester. An Arkansas State Police spokesperson said officers were responding to a disturbance call when they came across Worcester.
In the video, one of the officers is captured repeatedly punching Worcester in the head before grabbing his hair and slamming him against the pavement. Another officer brings the man to his knees again and again, while a third holds him down.
Worcester Lawyers Previously told NBC News that his right ear was swollen and purple after the incident and that he had scraped knees and complained of headaches.
None of the three officers wore a body camera. Dashcam video from the Mulberry police vehicle has not been made public.
Risenhoover, Trammell and their attorneys say they hope speaking out will push the sheriff’s office to invest in body-worn cameras to promote accountability within the department and prevent others from being victimized. ‘abuse.
The lawyers, Carrie Jernigan and David Powell, said that since the arrest of Worcester, whom they also represent, they have heard from a number of people in the community who have alleged abuse by Crawford County MPs .
“What he did was basically drums,” Powell said, referring to King’s meeting with Risenhoover. “This is evidence of excessive force on the part of this officer. And it was authorized by this department.”
Crawford County Sheriff Jimmy Damante did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Russell Wood, a lawyer for King and White, did not respond to a request for an interview about the allegations. Deputies have not spoken publicly about the incidents. King, White and Riddle have been suspended while separate state and federal investigations are underway into their Worcester arrests, according to their respective agencies and Hutchinson, who announced the investigations.
Risenhoover said deputies were at her home on May 20, 2021 to respond to a report of a man with a gun. A neighbor, she said, mistook her son’s BB gun for a real one.
According to an incident report, Risenhoover and her husband “were outside yelling and screaming” and did not obey orders to come down from their porch and show their hands. King told the deputy who wrote the incident report that Risenhoover slapped him. In an interview with NBC News, Risenhoover said she doesn’t remember doing it.
“My husband and I were standing on the porch,” she said. “And my husband was very talkative and I guess that drove them crazy.”
As two other deputies handcuffed her husband, Risenhoover said King grabbed her by the face, pushed her onto her deck and kneed her in the ribs.
After complaining that she had been injured, she was taken to hospital but was not arrested, according to the incident report.
Risenhoover said his life has changed dramatically since meeting King.
“The reason I’m finally coming forward is because I know how much this hurt me,” she said. “I feel like it took a while in my life. They say your golden years are supposed to be great, but mine aren’t. I don’t want anyone to go through this.”
Powell said there needed to be accountability and cameras and dash cams on MPs’ vehicles would make that easier to achieve.
“We want justice for the people who came forward,” Powell said. “Maybe this department needs to seek state or federal funding and put these things in place if their agents go rogue like this.”
Trammell said she had bipolar disorder and was in psychosis when she was arrested by King on June 19. Her older sister, Crystal McCabe, said they were on the phone when Trammell ran out of gas and was in a manic state.
“She didn’t know where was,” McCabe said. “She was scared. And she thought she was in heaven.” McCabe said her sister was inconsistent.
King was dispatched on a call about a white woman jumping into traffic and opening mailboxes. According to a probable cause affidavit written by King, when he arrived at the scene, a neighbor alleged that Trammell got into a stranger’s car, then into a van and said it was his. King alleged in the probable cause affidavit that when he asked Trammell her name, she said “Sarah” and that when he asked her last name, she looked down at her tag and said. said “King”. When asked about his date of birth, King also alleged in the affidavit that Trammell answered “today,” at which point he said he told her to put her hands behind her back because She was under arrest and told him ‘no’ and he should drag her out of the van.
Trammell said in an interview that she believed King could be her husband because she was in a manic state. She denies any wrongdoing. She said she remembered King tasering her multiple times. “He threw me on my stomach,” she said. “And I just remember he was like, on top of me, and I just felt a lot of pressure, and then the tasing.”
In the affidavit, King said Trammell kicked and slapped him while they were on the ground and “stunned her dry” several times. He also alleges that Trammell grabbed her taser with both hands, which she disputes.
King said he was able to handcuff Trammell with the help of a witness at the scene.
“I thought he was going to kill me,” she said. “I felt my life was in danger.”
Trammell was arrested on multiple counts including second degree battery, breaking and entering, unauthorized use of a vehicle and resisting arrest. She was released on bail last week. Powell said Trammell has yet to be formally charged.
Trammell and Powell’s family said King should have known she was in the wrong frame of mind and showed compassion.
“I just feel like if he spoke to me like I was a human being and treated me like one and not like an animal or anything else, I got l felt like things would have turned out differently,” she said. “I don’t feel like he gave me a chance to talk to him. I was scared.”
Trammell said she was disgusted by the various abuse allegations that have been made publicly against MPs since Worcester’s arrest.
Risenhoover and Trammell’s allegations follow those of another woman and a man who said said last month that they, too, had been assaulted by a sheriff’s deputy in separate arrests.
Tammy Nelson said she suffered bruises all over her body, including her knees, elbows, shoulders and arms when she was arrested on August 14 by White. White acted aggressively and kneeled her next to her “private space”, she previously told NBC News. His arrest stemmed from a civil case related to an easement. She was charged with obstructing the functioning of government and harassment, two misdemeanors, she and her lawyers said. She pleaded not guilty.
She said the sheriff’s office did not follow up on a verbal complaint she filed with the office a day after she was released from jail.
Teddy Wallace said White used a stun gun on him multiple times and beat him with a baton.
“I had a bunch of abrasions on my elbows, my knees. My legs were bruised,” Wallace said at a news conference last month. “I have a big bruise on my right arm. I just healed from all that. My head was split open.”
Wood, King and Crawford’s attorney, previously declined to comment on Nelson and Wallace’s allegations and referred NBC News to his law firm. Facebook page.
A statement posted on this page referred to a press conference at which Nelson and Wallace spoke.
“It never fails that high-profile cases attract all kinds of people and their lawyers,” the statement said. “I have not seen this broadcast and have no comment on the allegations that have been filed.”