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Police officer arrested, accused of assaulting suspect

Joshua Trivitt (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink) Joshua Trivitt (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

Arkansas State Police have arrested a Cherokee Village police officer on suspicion of beating a suspect two years ago, then laughing about it.

On Monday, a Sharp County judge found probable cause to charge Josh Trivitt, 44, with second-degree battery.

Trivitt was released Monday afternoon from the Sharp County Detention Center on an "own recognizance" bond, according to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. 

The charges stem from a lawsuit filed this year in May. As Region 8 News reported then, the man claimed Trivitt and three other law enforcement officers assaulted him during an arrest at his home.

The lawsuit alleged Trivitt body-slammed the victim during an arrest at his home on Nov. 12, 2016. Afterward, the suit stated, Trivitt and the others could be seen on police video “laughing and mentioning how badly Plaintiff was bleeding.”

In a news release on August 6th, the attorneys representing Randall Lee Veazie, Jim Harris and Zach Morrison, Law Offices of Harris & Morrison of Blytheville, Arkansas, issued the following statement after the arrest of Cherokee Village, Arkansas police officer Joshua Trivitt:

            “Officer Trivett’s arrest today is long past due. We are pleased that the authorities have investigated this matter and that the wheels of justice are finally beginning to turn. It does not, however, abrogate our disbelief that it has taken nearly two (2) years for the law to catch up with Officer Trivett. It is our hope that authorities will provide our client with victim services, just as they would any other individual in his position.”

Here is the full affidavit detailing the event. Warning, it may contain strong language:

Trivitt’s wife also faces criminal charges in an unrelated matter which Region 8 News first reported last year.

In April 2017, Mandy Marie Trivitt was accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from her employer.

She was charged with theft of property, second-degree forgery, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card after investigators say she wrote $152,898 worth of checks on Musick Pest Control.

According to online records, the case has been continued.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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