The Jonesboro Police Department issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the video of an officer body slamming a young man following a verbal dispute last weekend in Jonesboro.
We are aware and very concerned about the use of force incident that occurred on July 10th in the parking lot of a Jonesboro night club and started circulating on social media this past weekend. Upon learning of this event, we immediately began an investigation into the level of force used by the officers involved during the arrest.
The primary officer in the incident was placed on administrative leave on Monday pending the outcome of this investigation. We will post an update once the investigation has concluded.JPD Official Statement
The full incident report was released on Monday by JPD.
NEA Report requested any relevant body camera footage but the case was under an internal investigation. Because of this, footage could not be released, a public information officer said.
The Jonesboro mayor, Harold Copenhaver, expressed concern at both the officer and the citizens’ actions in the video through the city’s spokesman, Bill Campbell. He is awaiting the results of the internal investigation, Campbell also said.
On July 19, the results were announced.