A Mississippi guard grabbed a young man by the neck, and the audience shouted, “He can’t breathe!” Complicated video footage.
2 minute clip It was released on Facebook on Friday A uniformed Jackson police officer is seen with both hands wrapped around the man’s neck.
“What did I tell you to do?” The officer screams at the man, the video shows. “Create me, create me, create me … I mean, boy.”
Officer, Jackson Free Press identified as Myron Smith, A woman who later tried to intervene and told the man to stay away because she had trouble breathing.
“He’s trying to breathe!” She said. “He tells you he can’t breathe.”
Smith said the young man didn’t breathe because he was holding him against a black Toyota Camry with Mississippi plates.
It is not clear what triggered the confrontation, but Smith said the man left the scene, the video footage.
“When I asked you to leave, what would you have done?” The officer screamed in the man’s face. “What would you have done when I told you to leave?”
When several witnesses saw Smith insisting that the man had no hands in his throat, he pleaded with the officer to stop the video footage.
According to the clip, “That’s all you have to do,” shouted the man.
Jackson did not immediately return a message seeking comment from police.
Police spokesman Sam Brown told the Jackson Free Press that Smith was placed on administrative leave after department officials viewed the footage.
“When the video came out, it got to Chief James Davis, and he immediately put it [Smith] On administrative leave and transferred it to internal affairs, ”Brown said.
No arrests were made, but a report of the incident was submitted, Davis Clarion told the Ledger, Adding that the local prison did not take the wrong cases because of the coronavirus infection.
Mayor Sokwe Antar Lumumba also condemned the incident in a statement.
“The administration is very clear that we are trying to develop an approach to public safety of trust, cooperation and integrity,” the statement said. “There is no place in Jackson City for any action that does not reflect those policies.”