An Illinois police officer was shot in a disturbing video that stifled a man who was arrested because of a & # 39; load of drugs & # 39; in his vehicle.
Elonte McDowell, 25, yelled at his girlfriend, Alyssa Retuerto, to record the incident while the officer kept him in a chokehold while two others tried to enthrall him on the ground.
Illinois prohibits officers from using Chokeholds according to a 2015 law. The move is illegal & # 39; unless deadly power is justified & # 39 ;.
During the ordeal, which took place on Saturday near the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, a fourth officer shot a stun gun at McDowell. It is unclear whether McDowell lost consciousness, but after he was instructed, he seemed unconscious.
His distraught girlfriend then hears him trying to comfort him and say: & # 39; I love you. & # 39;
An Illinois police officer was shot in a disturbing video that suffocated Elonte McDowell (left), 25, who was arrested for alleged & # 39; drug charge & # 39; in his vehicle during the weekend. Another agent then instructed McDowell (right) before two others put him in handcuffs
His distraught girlfriend then touches his head and tries to comfort McDowell just after he was instructed
An officer sounds to tell the woman that she must come back for a moment before another officer McDowell knocks on her face and shoulder and says: “You're okay big boy. It's a nice fake. & # 39;
The same officer then says to Retuerto: & # 39; Back up and do not interfere with my investigation. & # 39;
Another officer tells her to come back and asked: & # 39; Don't you understand that I have a dog in my hand and he will bite you? & # 39;
A short time later Retuerto hears crying while she asks the officers: & # 39; He has a wrist, right? Because look at his face. & # 39;
Two officers stopped McDowell do not check whether the man is still breathing.
Retuerto shared a video of the incident on Monday evening. On Tuesday, authorities issued a statement about how the meeting took place.
According to the press release, DeKalb police received information that McDowell, of Aurora, with a & # 39; load of drugs & # 39; drove to DeKalb.
McDowell, who seemed to be losing consciousness, said he wasn't trying to attack them, I wasn't trying to hit them or kick them. I had no weapons. I had a cell phone in my hand to record for my security issues & # 39;
His girlfriend, Alyssa Retuerto (photo), heard crying in the video when she asked the officers: & He has a pulse, right? Because look at his face. & # 39; Two officers stopped McDowell do not check whether the man is still breathing
& # 39; The information received showed that McDowell would drive a tan Chevy Malibu and be accompanied by a white woman with long brown hair & # 39 ;, says the statement.
Officers later stopped McDowell and & # 39; conducted an investigation stop based on the received intelligence & # 39 ;. According to the release, researchers asked McDowell to leave the vehicle, which he did.
As he talked to the man, a & # 39; outdoor scent of the vehicle that was driving McDowell was led by a K-9 & # 39; police.
& # 39; The K-9 warned of the presence of drugs in the vehicle. The vehicle was searched for and a large amount of cannabis was found & # 39 ;, the department said.
Officers then told McDowell that he had been arrested and tried to flee, the statement says.
According to the release, McDowell resisted arrest and & # 39; a Taser was deployed to achieve compliance with McDowell & # 39 ;.
The statement mentioned the meeting, but it didn't mention the Chokehold.
In the statement, the department said an ambulance was called to check on McDowell, who refused medical treatment.
McDowell was accused of unlawful possession of cannabis with the intention of delivering, unlawful possession of cannabis and opposition to a peace officer
McDowell was then transported to DeKalb County prison to await a bond hearing.
He has been accused of unlawful possession of cannabis for the purpose of delivering, unlawful possession of cannabis, criminal property infringement and opposition to a peace officer.
McDowell was released the next day. McDowell told me NBC News those officers didn't say why they needed him to get out of the vehicle, and when he interrogated them, they tried to put him in handcuffs and he somehow fell to the ground where the officers started to choke him.
& # 39; DeKalb police are investigating all available video images and statements regarding the use of force in this incident & # 39 ;, the statement reads, adding that the & # 39; department has contacted the Illinois State Police with the request for an independent assessment of this incident & # 39 ;.
The officer involved in this incident has been temporarily reassigned to administrative duties.
The incident seemed very much like Eric Garner was placed in a deadly chokehold in New York City five years ago.
The New York City police finally fired the officer who was involved in Garner's death in 2014.
Former officer Daniel Pantaleo could have held on to his job until August 19, when he was released from the army by police commissioner James O & 39.
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