A witness video captured the second a person in North Carolina turned unresponsive after he was pinned right down to the bottom by police on Wednesday.
Christopher Hensley, 35, was arrested after officers responded to a name from a lady who claimed that the person “wouldn’t let her go away” and “was presumably on medication,” in accordance with a press release by the Fletcher Police Division on its Fb.
After arriving at an house advanced, police mentioned “a combat ensued between officers and Hensley.” Responding officers then requested for help from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Workplace. No particulars have been revealed concerning the occasions that led to the combat between Hensley and the police, nevertheless.
A girl, who knew Hensley and spoke on situation of anonymity, informed native station Information 13 that she noticed the police use a stun gun on him, after which pin him to the bottom. “I noticed him die,” she mentioned.
The video confirmed Hensley restrained to the bottom on his abdomen, whereas one officer hit part of his leg or bottom earlier than extra officers arrived on the scene, in accordance with Information 13.
“He was gesticulating together with his fingers, however I by no means noticed him contact the police or bodily threatening them,” added the lady, who took a number of movies of the incident on the advanced’s parking zone that have not been made public.
Hensley turned unresponsive a number of minutes after he was on the bottom, prompting the officers to carry out CPR on him, in accordance with the video.
“Chris was nonetheless standing. There are strings on the Taser. The cops have been circling round him about 3 toes method. Chris was attempting to take the Taser strings off his physique. He is an enormous man, and the cops appeared scared, and Chris did too,” the witness mentioned, including that Hensley was tased twice.
“They saved tasing him. After which he was on the bottom, and several other cops have been on prime of him. He was mumbling, screaming. It gave the impression of he was attempting to get one thing out. He was resisting. I did not know if he was being arrested or what was happening,” she added.
In the meantime, the Fletcher Police Division mentioned in its assertion that Hensley turned unresponsive after he was handcuffed and brought into custody. He later died at a hospital, in accordance with police. Two officers have been additionally transferred to the hospital for non-life-threatening accidents.
The Fletcher Police Division mentioned that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is launching a probe into the “in-custody dying.”
Newsweek reached out to the Fletcher Police Division for remark.
Others Who Have Died in Police Custody
In an incident that occurred final September in Wichita, Kansas, the place 17-year-old Cedric Lofton died in police custody on the Sedgwick County Juvenile Consumption and Evaluation Middle the place he was held on suspicion of battery of a regulation enforcement officer.
Lofton allegedly attacked an worker in jail, prompting officers to carry him to the bottom in response. He was then returned again to his room the place he was discovered unresponsive later, and died two days later at a hospital. Lofton’s dying was later dominated as a murder.
Equally, George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis the place he was killed by officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on his neck, which was documented in a video that went viral on-line, prompting international protests in 2020.