A video was released on Friday in which a police officer in Los Angeles was seen pressing his knee to the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes as he was being arrested.
In the video, the New Orleans Pelicans centre gasped “I can’t breathe” before being tased by another officer. The officers in question confirmed that they went to Hayes’ home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood on July 28 around 3 a.m. after his girlfriend’s cousin called 911. The cousin said Hayes’ girlfriend was sending her text messages saying he had become loud and violent and she was scared.
“The LAPD conducts very thorough ‘use of force’ investigations which typically requires the police officers to interview multiple witnesses and analyse significant amount of forensic evidence. We are still at an early stage of investigation, which can often take upto a year to complete,” said Captain Stacy Spell, commanding officer of the media relations division of LAPD, in a video released by the department.
The 21-year-old basketball player was arrested for resisting arrest. However, minor injuries on him were evaluated by a hospital.
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