A WHITE police officer was placed on administrative leave after video caught him kneeling on the back of a black man’s neck during an arrest last month.
The unidentified officer with the Sarasota Police Department in Florida was seen in helicopter footage using his knee to hold Patrick Carroll, 27, down by the neck on May 18.
Police Chief Bernadette DiPino “was disturbed to see an Officer kneeling on the head and neck of an individual in the video,” which cops said they were tagged in on social media and otherwise didn't know about.
“While it appears the Officer eventually moves his leg to the individual’s back, this tactic is not taught, used, or advocated by our agency.”
The department said Carroll didn’t need medical attention or complain about getting injured during the arrest, and said she’s investigating what happening.
Cops were responding to a call about domestic battery when Carroll was arrested, the police report released on Facebook states.
The man had a “physical altercation” with a woman who told police he went to her house because his children were there, and refused to leave, per the report.
The woman told officers Carroll grabbed her hair and face, and caused bruising and swelling on her arms, face, and chest; he denied hitting the woman.
Carroll was charged with felony possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, and domestic violence.
Sarasota police released a 13-minute aerial video of the arrest that shows three officers struggling to take Carroll into custody as people nearby watch.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a witness took a cellphone video of the arrest and shouted at cops: “You got your knee on my man’s neck, man, on his neck, bro.”
Carroll told WFTS: "As I'm yelling and asking them, 'Why am I being detained?' he started putting his knee on my neck."
"Why was they saying I was resisting — I was just moving around so I could have circulation in my body and my throat."
The 27-year-old said he suffers from asthma and scoliosis and was having a hard time breathing during his arrest.
Officials said they haven’t received complaints from the public about the video, and are asking for any other video or pictures witnesses might have of the incident.
One week after Carroll’s arrest, George Floyd died after Deverk Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis cop, held his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd saying he couldn't breathe multiple times.
An autopsy found Floyd died of asphyxiation and his death was ruled a homicide.
Chauvin and three other officers were fired from the force and charged after Floyd’s arrest — which came after he apparently tried to use a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes — and his death.
At Floyd’s first memorial service on Thursday, civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton declared it is time for black people to demand, “Get your knee off our necks!”
“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks,” Sharpton said.
“Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed to be is you kept your knee on our neck.”
He continued: “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks!’”
In the nearly two weeks since Floyd’s death, thousands of people across the US and world have been protesting police brutality and racism in his honor.
During one protest in Seattle, a demonstrator was filmed getting arrested — while an officer held his knee on the man's neck.
Witnesses shout for the cop to move his knee, and eventually, a fellow arresting officer forcefully pulls his knee off the man's neck.
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