An officer seen on video slamming a suspect following an argument will face disciplinary action and corrective training.
On Tuesday, July 19, JPD quietly updated an earlier post from July 12 stating the internal investigation into this incident had concluded with the decision to place Officer Joseph Harris on a 22 hour suspension without pay. Patrol Officer Harris is currently on leave, the post stated, which started on Monday, July 11.
He will also receive further training on de-escalation, use of force, and other applicable department policies, the department announced.
Harris was working security at the Midnight Rodeo private club, 2801 Fair Park Boulevard, when the incident took place, the Jonesboro Sun reported. The video has over one million views on Facebook.
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.July 12 Statement
Blake Arnoult, 21, of Fayetteville and Nicholas Anthony Silva, 21, were the two arrested in the video, with Silva being the man who was taken down. Charges listed in the report include public intoxication and disorderly conduct, as well as resisting and obstructing for Silva. Both are represented by Rees Law Firm.