A viral video that exhibits a Texas sheriff’s deputy pinning an 18-year-old girl to the bottom sparked an investigation and led to the deputy getting positioned on administrative depart.
Footage of the Tuesday incident in Forney, east of Dallas, exhibits Kaufman County Deputy Conner Martin, who’s white, laying on high of the teenager, who’s black, after which taking her mom to the bottom and arresting her.
A physique digicam video launched by the division exhibits Martin method the barefoot and agitated teen after cops obtained a number of calls that she was suicidal and leaping into site visitors, police stated in a press launch.
He repeatedly asks the distraught girl, recognized by her mom as Nekia Trigg, why she’s upset. He holds her by the arm whereas telling her she wants to remain nonetheless when she refuses to have interaction with him, video exhibits.
“Why are you hurting me?” Trigg is heard asking via tears. “I don’t need you to harm me.”
When the teenager finally pulls away, Martin pins her to the bottom as she repeatedly yells “I can’t breathe,” footage exhibits.
Later, Trigg’s mom, recognized by police as Antanique Ray, got here to the scene with different relations and tried to intervene as deputies led the handcuffed teen to a police car.
Ray then “struck Deputy Martin,” the sheriff’s workplace stated, and was taken to the bottom by Martin and arrested. Neither the physique cam nor viral footage explicitly present an assault on the deputy, because the cameras have been obscured or shifting throughout the commotion.
Martin executed a Ju-Jitsu “Prime Mount” management place taught by the division to stop the teenager from working into site visitors within the residential neighborhood, officers stated, including the transfer doesn’t impede respiratory or trigger damage.
Ray was charged with assault on a public servant and interference with public duties along with two excellent warrants, police stated.
Trigg was taken to a psychological well being facility for analysis, and inside affairs was investigating to see if Martin violated process, officers stated.