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Jackson agent on leave after video shows him with hands around neck of suspect ‘can’t breathe’

Jackson agent is on leave after a video appears showing his hands around a suspect’s neck as spectators shout ‘he can’t breathe’

  • Patrolman Myron Smith puts his hands around a suspect’s neck in a video circulating online May 22
  • The clip shows the young man pinned to a car as the cop yells, “I asked you to leave. What have you done?’
  • At one point, the officer yells at him, “Make me. Force me. I said make me, but it is unclear what he suggests he will do
  • They have a short fight and the suspect gestures at his throat as spectators cry out ‘He is not breathing’
  • The officer has been granted administrative leave pending the investigation
  • The mayor said that actions that violate their principles of building public safety on trust “have no place in the city of Jackson.”

A new video shows the shocking moment when a Mississippi police officer mocks a young man wrapping his hands around the suspect’s neck as onlookers try desperately to make him stop.

In the footage of Friday at 4:30 PM, a woman nearby is begging the officer to let go and says, “He’s not breathing. He is not breathing. ‘

The Jackson police officer in the clip was placed on administrative leave on Monday after the incident was spread on social media. Officer Sam Brown said the patrol officer is called Myron Smith Jackson Free Press reported.

The video was filmed outside the Beauty Zone and 88 Cent stores on Bailey Road in Jackson.

Patrolman Myron Smith puts his hands around a suspect's neck in a video circulating online May 22. The video was filmed outside the Beauty Zone and 88 Cent stores on Bailey Road in Jackson

Patrolman Myron Smith puts his hands around a suspect’s neck in a video circulating online May 22. The video was filmed outside the Beauty Zone and 88 Cent stores on Bailey Road in Jackson

It is unclear what caused the action of the law enforcement officer, but he is later told to him, “I asked you to leave. What have you done?’

A police vehicle is parked behind the car.

Shots taken from a witness positioned farther away in his car show the cop holding the man against a car as he tauntingly yells, “Make me. Force me. I said make me. ‘

The suspect is seen struggling to loosen his neck while the officer grabs his head and bends him forward. It is not clear what is going on as the vehicle obstructs visibility.

But the amateur videographer then comes close to the action where a woman waiting nearby puts her hand on the officer to try to loosen his hand. But he repeatedly yells at her: Get off me! I said get off me! ‘

The clip shows the young man pinned to a car as the cop yells, “I asked you to leave. What have you done?’ It is unclear beforehand what happened

Another woman is heard from afar: “He’s shaking, sir! He cannot breathe. ‘

The young suspect is pointed to his throat several times.

But the officer says: My hands are not even on your throat. At this point, his fingers are located in the back of his neck, pressing at least one of his thumbs into the suspect’s jaw.

The officer continues, “Are you trying to get mad at me? … It’s not me.’

Then he tells the spectators to ‘leave’ and ‘continue with your company’ before the recording stops.

It’s unclear if the man resisted at any point during the meeting, but JPD chief James Davis said ‘they were in a fight, a scuffle’.

They have a brief struggle and the suspect gestures at his throat as spectators yell, “He’s not breathing.” The officer has been granted administrative leave pending the investigation

The department conducts internal investigations into the incident. None of the people involved have been identified by the police.

No arrest was made during the incident, but a report has been prepared.

The department is not putting suspects in jail for the coronavirus outbreak.

“After being informed of a video that has surfaced of a Jackson police officer in a confrontation with a person, the officer concerned has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal business investigation,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in a statement about the video.

“This administration is clear that we are trying to develop an approach to public safety that is about trust, cooperation and integrity. Any actions that do not reflect these principles do not belong in the city of Jackson. ‘

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