An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy who resigned last year after claiming “the current political climate” did not allow him to do his job was seen on body cam video repeatedly punching a suspect who had his hands in the air.
It took another cop at the scene to pull Hot Springs County sheriff’s deputy Chris Winberry off the suspect which only further enraged the deputy.
“Let me f*cking go or I’m gonna f*ck you up a lot harder,” Winberry told the Malvern police officer whose name has not been released.
The Malvern cop then proceeds to taser the man and order him to stop resisting.
Once they had the man in custody, the Malvern police officer is talking to another officer at the scene, describing how he had to pull Winberry off the suspect whose name has also not been released.
“Winberry comes through the door and just went the f*ck off on him,” he says, according to the body camera footage.
“I mean, beating the f*ck out of him. I was trying to get Winberry off of him basically.”
But another cop overhearing this conversation orders the Malvern cop to stop talking.
Winberry is being investigated by the FBI over that incident as well as an additional five cases of alleged excessive force, according to KATV, the Arkansas news station that last month obtained the body camera footage from the incident described over.
The incident took place on December 4, 2020 as the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office and the Mavern Police Department were entering a home to arrest a man who was found hiding underneath a pile of clothing.
Winberry resigned August 27, 2021 after the FBI launched an investigation into his actions.
“With the current political climate that’s effecting myself and family, I don’t feel like I can hold my position any longer,” he explained in his resignation letter, according to the Malvern Daily Record.
At this time, there are still many unanswered questions, including:
- What is the name of the Malvern police officer who pulled Winberry off the suspect?
- Was he retaliated against for trying to prevent police abuse?
- Who is the cop who ordered him to stop talking about the incidenet?
- What is the name of the suspect and why was he being arrested?
- What are the details of the other five excessive force incidents that reportedly took place between February 2020 and August 2021 that are being investigated by the FBI?
KATV reports there is more video and audio evidence from the other cases that has not been released yet but they are working on it. Watch the video below.