'I can't breathe': Video shows Texas sheriff's deputy on top of Black teen
A sheriff's deputy in Kaufman County, Texas, has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him on top of an 18-year-old Black woman, and then arresting her mother.
In the video, the woman - Nekia Trigg - being held down is heard yelling, "I can't breathe."
According to Press TV, the incident happened during a police encounter on Tuesday afternoon in Forney. Officers arrived after receiving a call that a young woman was suicidal and walking into traffic in an attempt to get hit by a car.
The woman was crying but told the officers she was OK and that she was just going home.
In the body camera footage, the deputy, reportedly named Conner Martin, explained he cannot let her leave on her own and that he was not going to hurt her.
"I don't want you to hurt me," the woman said. She then can be heard saying, "You're hurting me," before the camera fell to the ground.
The woman’s mother and sister arrived and saw Martin sitting on top of Nekia holding her hands above her head.
"You can get up. You don't have to do her like this," the woman says as she grabs her daughter's hand to console her.
The deputy says he cannot get up because the teen had attempted suicide.
A second deputy comes and turns her over onto her stomach so she can be placed in handcuffs.
In the video, the mother accuses Martin of failing to record the incident and asks the deputies to loosen the handcuffs. Martin is seen taking the mother to the ground and arresting her.
Trigg was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation and was released later.
The family's lawyer, Kim T. Cole, said, "Physical injuries from an auto accident will eventually heal, however, the psychological damage this deputy caused will be with Nekia for the rest of her life."