Video Shows LAPD Officer Kneeling on NBA’s Jaxson Hayes Neck

  • An LAPD officer can be seen kneeling on NBA player Jaxson Hayes’ neck during an arrest. 
  • Body camera video from July 28 shows Hayes screaming “I can’t breathe” as he’s being tased. 
  • Another officer tells his partner to get his knee off Hayes’ neck.

A Los Angeles police officer kneeled on the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes as he screamed “I can’t breathe,” body camera video released Friday shows. 

Police arrived at the New Orleans Pelicans player’s Woodland Hills home on July 28 after receiving a call from his girlfriend’s cousin, who was not named. The cousin told police she’d received texts that Hayes was loud and violent, the Associated Press reported. 

Once police arrived, Hayes told them he got into an argument with his girlfriend, who began throwing things at him. Officers said they had to enter to interview the girlfriend and asked Hayes and his cousin to wait outside. 

The video shows Hayes arguing with the responding officers. Hayes can be seen shoving one of the officers against a wall. A police officer then tases the  6-foot-11, 220-pound player as he resists being pinned to the ground. 

The officer repeatedly yelled:” Stop resisting or I’m gonna tase you!” 

Hayes screams that he can’t breathe, but the officer keeps telling him to stop resisting, to which Hayes replies: “I’m stopping, bro!” 

 

The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking into the incident over the possibility that excessive force was used on Hayes, CBSLA reported. 

 

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