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Man Claims Jail Beating by Malvern Police

A Malvern man says he can barely walk or lift an arm after a beating at the hands of police officers at the Hot Spring County jail
Make these people pay for what they did so I can get my body fixed, so I can play with my children the way I should be able to.
MALVERN, AR -- A Malvern man says he can barely walk or lift an arm after a beating at the hands of police officers at the Hot Spring County jail.
   
It happened Halloween night in 2012, but we're just getting a first look at jail surveillance video from the incident.

The video starts with 32-year-old Rockie Barley sitting on a bench at the jail.

He'd been arrested earlier that night, accused of aggravated assault in a case we'll get to in a bit.

At that point, Barley said he had not been combative with officers.

Right after Barley's handcuffs are removed, things take a violent turn.

There is no audio to accompany the video, but you can see words are being exchanged. Barley turns and faces the officers, and they rush him.

"They mash my face into the wall, choked me until I was unconscious," Barley said Monday.

A police report says the officers responded with force after Barley clinched his fists and took a fighting stance.

But Barley says that's not what the video shows.

Top officials at the Malvern Police Department who have viewed the video and seen officer statements said Monday the team in the video followed protocol.
   
They declined an on-camera interview because a lawsuit is still possible.
   
After nearly more than a year, Barley says he's still hobbled from what happened that night. He says he's coming forward now because, so far, he has not been able to come up with money needed to take his case to court.

"I would like somebody out there to help me," he said.  "Make these people pay for what they did so I can get my body fixed, so I can play with my children the way I should be able to."

In the aggravated assault case that landed Barley behind bars in the first place, he was accused of hitting a man with a mini van during a confrontation.
   
Barley says the allegations were false, but he later pled guilty to a reduced charge, to avoid possible jail time.
   
He says charges against stemming from the altercation with officers were later dropped.
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