Ark. Officer Attacked as Bystanders Laughed and Recorded Video

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KLRT) -- A cloud of concern lingers over an Arkansas apartment complex after reports state an officer was attacked by a man under the influence of a powerful drug.

The apartment complex is in North Little Rock.

"I have a 6 and a 4 year old." Jozette McNulty says while walking out of Hemlock Court Apartments with one of her children Thursday.

"I just work and come home."

Despite efforts to stay safe, McNulty worries after learning details of the officer attack.

"The officer was pretty much face first with the suspect on top of him," Sgt. Brian Dedrick says. Dedrick is a spokesman for the North Little Rock Police Department.

He revealed what happened to one of his colleagues.

It started Sunday morning as Officer David Pettit checked a disturbance at a food mart on East Broadway.

Workers at the store say the suspect, Alex Rivers, threatened them and then took off toward the apartment complex.

Pettit caught up to Rivers in an alley. Rivers was slurring his speech, according to a police report.

"And, that's when the officer started thinking 'He's not quite right,'" Dedrick says.

Police say Rivers later admitted to smoking "sherm," a powerful drug that minimizes pain and increases strength.

The report states Rivers ended up pinning Pettit and punching him in the head.  

Police say he asked 15 people recording the beating if they wanted to get shots in too.

"I'm getting mad thinking about it," Dedrick says.

"Because that's not 99 percent of our community."

Fortunately, Pettit called for backup and Rivers was arrested on several charges.

Pettit went to the hospital with a sprained knee but will recover.

"It's very terrifying," McNulty says.

It's details of a scene that has McNulty keeping a closer eye on the little ones.

"I wouldn't like them around stuff like that."

Alex Rivers was booked on charges of battery and inciting a riot. He remained in the Pulaski county jail on Thursday with a $15,000 bond.


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