On a daily basis, the violent arrest, shooting, or harassment of Blacks by the police that is supposed to protect them increases.
On Tuesday in Forney, Texas, a Black teen and her mother were both arrested after police responded to a call about a disturbance involving the teen allegedly jumping in and out of traffic. The teen’s family members dispute the allegation, saying she was just walking home and that it’s a residential street with no heavy flow of traffic. But the real issue is why a white male police officer felt the need to lie down with the bulk of his weight bearing down on the stomach and chest of a Black teenager while she says the words that, at this point, should be the title of the book on how cops handle Black suspects—“I can’t breathe.”
The Dallas Morning News reports Antanique Ray, 41, and her daughter, 18-year-old Nekia Trigg, were both arrested after an altercation that left onlookers stunned and is now under investigation, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
Video of the incident taken from a bystander’s cellphone began with the officer, who has been identified as Kaufman County Deputy Conner Martin, according to Newsweek, laying on top of Trigg and pinning her down as she cried, struggled and screamed, “I can’t breathe!”
Ray can be seen and heard trying to calm her daughter during the struggle and trying to reason with Martin regarding the rough manner in which he is handling a young woman.
“You don’t have to ever hit her, OK? She will stay down,” Ray told Martin.
Martin can be heard shouting, “Do not touch me! Back up! Back up!” as Ray reaches for her daughter to comfort her.
She also disputed the accusation that she was jumping in and out of traffic.
“I’m not sure what they would consider traffic when she was clearly in a residential area,” Williams said. “There’s not much traffic in a residential area when kids are literally always outside in the street riding bikes, playing basketball, etc.”
Meanwhile, the public response to the incident and the video that captured it has been so overwhelming that the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office posted a statement to Facebook asking that people stop calling about what happened because the call volume was “unmanageable.”
In a statement to the News, the Sheriff’s Office said Martin currently “is not working,” which presumably means he’s been placed on leave while the incident is being investigated.
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