By Associated Press - Saturday, April 8, 2017

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - An ex-Faulkner County sheriff’s deputy who was fired for using excessive force when he kicked a suspect during an arrest has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

But Eugene Watlington’s sentence was put on hold as his attorney filed a notice of appeal to circuit court.

Judge Mark Derrick also fined Watlington $1,090 after finding him guilty of misdemeanor battery stemming from the 2015 incident that was captured on a body-worn police camera.

The judge said Watlington had enough special training to know better than to kick the suspect, and added that one video like the one depicting the excessive force gets more publicity than “500 legitimate arrests.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that Watlington’s sentence could have been tougher, with him serving up to a year in jail.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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