On Friday showed the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes under the knee of a cop as he gasped “I can’t breathe”. More than a year after George Floyd died after a US policemen pressed his knee against his neck, similar incident has been reported from Los Angeles.
The cousin said Hayes’ girlfriend was sending her text messages saying he had become loud and violent and she was scared. The footage is from July 28, when the cops went to the house of the New Orleans Pelicans center around 3 am a 911 call from the cousin of Hayes’ girlfriend.
The LAPD said in a statement that their Force Investigation Division is looking into the case “due to the possibility of force being applied to Hayes’ neck during the use of force”.
“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.
Captain Stacy Spell, commanding officer of the media relations division of LAPD, in a video released by the department said, “We are still at an early stage of investigation, which can often take upto a year to complete,” .
Floyd died gasping for air on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for up to 9 and a half minutes after being pinned down on the suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chauvin was thrown out of the police force and given 22 and a half years in jail one of the longest prison terms ever imposed on a US police officer in the killing of a Black person.
There are some difference between what happened with Floyd and Hayes’ incident in July. The 6-foot-11 and 220 pounds basketball player was on his back when a Los Angeles police officer’s knee was pressed to his neck for a few seconds. Floyd was pinned face down under Chauvin’s knee.
That officer immediately complies and Hayes is able to lift his head. In Floyd’s case, three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin with murder and manslaughter because they did not intervene.