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Two West Memphis officers accused of beating a suspect

By Janice Broach - bio | email 

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Two Mid-South police officers are under investigation by state police and the FBI, accused of beating a suspect.

The two West Memphis police officers, one a veteran, the other on the force for about two years, have been relieved of duty with pay while the case is being investigated. It involves a man from Memphis, Eric Holley, who was suspected of stabbing a female friend in West Memphis. 

When police arrived, investigators say Holley led them on a chase.  Holley was later charged with domestic assault, fleeing from West Memphis police, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. 

In Holley's mugshot, one eye is closed and the other one is halfway open.

"They beat him with their guns, and there was more than one," said Holly's sister, Jacqueline Malone.

According to Malone, it is not true that Holley stabbed the friend he was visiting in West Memphis.  Rather, she claimed a neighbor called police and Holley did not stop right away because he was not familiar with the roads.

Malone claims when West Memphis police officers stopped her brother, they tasered him and handcuffed him and hit him hard enough to break bones in his face.

"He said he got out of his truck then they handcuffed him and beat him hard enough to break his nose and bones in his eye," she said.

Arkansas State Police, West Memphis Police, and the woman who accused Holley of stabbing her would not comment for this story.

The FBI is investigating for possible civil rights violations.

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