Hot Springs police are looking into an officer's actions after an Internet video appeared to show him choking three teens who were skateboarding near the city's famed Bathhouse Row.
Hot Springs police spokesman McCrary Means confirmed Tuesday that Officer Joey Williams stopped the teens on a city sidewalk June 21. Means declined further comment, saying the department would release more information about the arrests later Tuesday.
The YouTube video, posted Monday, shows Williams apparently choking one teen and forcing him to the ground, while later chasing and wrestling two others while holding them in a headlock. Voices in the background can be heard asking Williams why he was arresting the youths.
In the video, Williams says several times that the teens violated a city ordinance by "fleeing" from police. Williams could not be immediately reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Hot Springs police say that the chief of police has directed the Departments Internal Affairs Board to conduct an investigation into the incident. Police say Williams has been placed on administrative leave with pay during the internal investigation.
Hot Springs markets itself as a tourist city. Eight bathhouses that figured prominently in the popularity of Hot Springs as a resort town in the first half of the 1900s are lined up along Bathhouse Row there.
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