A viral video of a Texas sheriff’s officer pinning an 18-year-old woman to the ground prompted an enquiry and the placement of the deputy on administrative leave.
Footage from the Tuesday incident in Forney, Texas, shows white Kaufman County Deputy Conner Martin laying on top of the black adolescent, then dragging her mother to the ground and detaining her.
According to authorities, Martin approached the barefoot and angry adolescent after cops got several complaints that she was suicidal and jumping into traffic, according to a body camera footage provided by the department.
He constantly inquires as to why the distraught woman, named as Nekia Trigg by her mother, is disturbed.
When she refuses to engage with him, he grabs her arm and tells her to keep motionless, according to footage.
“What are you doing to me?” Trigg asks, tears streaming down his face. “I don’t want you to cause me any harm.”
When the adolescent finally gets free, Martin holds her to the ground while she cries, “I can’t breathe,” according to video.
Later, Trigg’s mother, Antanique Ray, arrived with other family members at the scene and attempted to interfere as deputies took the detained adolescent to a police car.
Ray then “struck Deputy Martin,” according to the sheriff’s office, and was brought to the ground and detained by Martin.
Because the cameras were covered or moved throughout the disturbance, neither the body cam nor the viral film explicitly indicate an attack on the deputy.
According to officials, Martin used a Ju-Jitsu “Top Mount” control posture taught by the police to keep the adolescent from fleeing into traffic in the residential area.
The manoeuvre does not obstruct respiration or cause harm.
According to police, Ray was charged with assault on a public worker and interference with public functions, as well as two outstanding warrants.
Officials said Trigg was transported to a mental health institution for examination, and internal affairs was looking into whether Martin had broken any rules.