WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Another police officer is videotaped kneeling on the neck on a person under arrest outside a T-Mobile store, the video posted online shows.
- “Get your f—ing knee off his neck,” one man shouts repeatedly, as other protestors and onlookers make similar calls to the arresting officers.
- In the video, another police officer grabbed his knee and removed it from the man’s neck, but the said police officer is seen using this knee-on-neck tactic again moments after, on a different protester.
Following the murder charges opposite the police officer that pinned down and killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, another video posted on social media shows a police officer in Seattle using his knee to pin down a man by the neck about 15 seconds before another officer forcibly pushed his knee away.
The video posted lasted for about 45 seconds. Crosscut Journalist Matt McKnight posted this video just after 10 PM, Saturday. It started with two police officers working to detain a man in an orange sweatshirt, forcing him to the ground outside of a T-Mobile store online. After the man is pinned down, one of the police officers places his knee on the man’s neck despite repeated cries from multiple protesters.
“Get your f–king knee off his neck,” one man not seen in the video posted can be heard shouting on the background.
Said police officer did not remove his knee on the man’s neck for about 13 seconds. It was only after another police officer grabbed his knee and remove it that the police officer’s knee was removed from the man’s neck, the video shows.
Matt McKnight said that the police officers were dispatched after reports of looting at the T-Mobile store, but there is no information as to why the man was arrested.
The same police officer decided to use this knee-on-neck tactic again moments after, on a different protester. The video posted shows that the police officer removes his knee from the second protestor’s neck upon seeing the first protester running towards his direction.
The Seattle Police Department did not respond to the requests for comments.
Source: New York Post