Four Jailers, Brookland Cop Suspended in Craighead Beating Probe

APRIL 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT

BROOKLAND, AR - Four Craighead County jailers and a Brookland police officer are suspended with pay in connection with the beating of a Brookland man they had arrested.

48-year-old Terry O'Neil told authorities police shocked him several times with an electrical stun gun and punched him Wednesday evening at his home.  At the jail, he said, several jailers and deputies kicked him.

O'Neil claims officers also assaulted and shocked his girlfriend.

Sheriff Jack McCann says O'Neil didn't deserve his beating.

Brookland Police Chief Mark Rusher said he had suspended patrol officer Aaron Murphy.

McCann says Murphy, two deputies, two state police officers and six jailers took part in the beating.  The state police is conducting its own investigation.

Police records indicate O'Neil was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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