A newly taken video shows a Jonesboro police officer slamming a young man after what appears to be an argument about another person’s arrest.
A video taken over the weekend in Jonesboro shows several JPD officers encountering young men following a rodeo event. As the video begins, one of the men is already in the process of being arrested. This seems to incense the crowd who begin to pepper the officers with questions as to why their friend is being arrested.
But the officers don’t answer. Instead, they ask the other young men if they’re the first suspect’s parents – saying it’s none of their business. One officer is clearly tense and losing his temper as the video progresses. This officer turns around and walks away from the young man – who continues asking why his friend was arrested. This ends up pushing the officer over the edge.
The officer instantly turns around and says he is arresting the young man (we later learned the charge was public intoxication). “For what?” the young man asks. “Turn around and put your fucking hands behind your back,” the officer says. Immediately, the officer grabs the suspect and body slams him down to the ground. Conveniently, the police report by this officer, Joseph Harris, says the young man tried to resist arrest and pull away, forcing the officer to take him down.
Other officers immediately rush to cover for their comrade, shouting “Get back” to the civilians filming events. The small young man posed no physical threat, although he continues his verbal tirade against the officer while under him.
Then, while laying on him, one of the cops demands he put his hands behind his back. You can see the angry cop, Harris, pinning his right arm to the ground at this same moment. The young man can’t move because his hand is trapped with the officer on top of him – and tells the police this. But in the report, Officer Harris falsely states that he was not on top of the man’s hand. The video shows otherwise, as seen in the still image below. The moment Harris releases the arm, it goes behind his back.
Jonesboro Attorney Mark Rees represents both of the young men in the video – the one in hand cuffs as the video begins and the one who was slammed.
NEA Report has reached out to Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot for comment, as well as making the mayor’s office aware. We have also requested the incident report from the department for the outlined events from the officers.
JPD has begun an internal investigation into the incident. They’ve also issued a statement and the mayor’s office has commented as well. Click here to read those and more.