A video posted on Facebook shows a motorcycle officer with the Fresno Police Department in a physical struggle with a black Hoover High School student name Keyshawn. His friend Johnny was there recording; both were arrested.
According to the comments on Facebook, the officer stopped them for jaywalking and the situation escalated from there.
The video shows the officer with his hands around Keyshawn’s neck and after a minute and a half of clinching, he slams Keyshawn to the ground and puts him a choke hold. The choke hold is a controversial move that has resulted in multiple deaths while in police custody. Most departments have banned their officers from using it due to the likelihood of permanent injury and death.
This is not the first time an officer has brutalized someone for jaywalking or other victim-less crimes and in the past year there have been at least three notable cases where the police unnecessarily attacked innocent people for crossing the street.
This video comes shortly after Fresno was rocked by the police killing of Dylan Noble. When you compare the videos the mindset of the officers is quite evident. Dylan never physically resisted, the situation was escalated and he was still killed. Probably because the officers were already looking for an armed individual and were in a more aggressive mindset.
In this situation, however, the officer started what was supposed to be a jaywalking stop. He never thought Keyshawn was going to be a threat to him and he never was. Keyshawn may have “resisted” but he never fought back, just doing the minimum to maintain his balance. Regardless of the physical nature of the confrontation the officer never even moved to his weapon or threatened to shoot Keyshawn. Whats even worse is the motorcycle officer probably had no intention of actually ticketing the pair – just verbally warning them – making this escalation about submitting to his authority and not about crossing the street in in an unapproved location.
If you feel that the officer used excessive force with Keyshawn, consider calling the Fresno Police Department and voicing your discontent with this officers actions.