When Tyree Carroll encountered Philadelphia police officers one night in April, he thought he would become another statistic — one more Black man killed by cops in America. The 22-year-old's mind was on Eric Garner as officers kicked and punched him after his family said he was stopped for riding his bike on the wrong side of the street, CBSNews.com reports.
Police say they stopped him for a "narcotics violation." The ordeal was captured on camera.
There are two different stories being told about Carroll's police stop. Carroll is asthmatic and said police held him in a chokehold and that he was gasping for air. His leg and ankle were left injured after the incident, his family says.
Officers added that Carroll bit them, leaving two of them with wounds. They added that he was "transported to the hospital after intentionally striking his own head against the protective shield located in the police vehicle."
Carroll was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and a drug charge because he had 5.3 grams of crack cocaine in his possession, police say. Carroll is currently in jail and has a hearing for his case set for July 21. His family is concerned for his health while he is behind bars.
"There's no air conditioning in there," Nancy Carroll, his grandmother, said. "I'm worried about him being able to breathe."
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(Photo: Courtesy of Tyree Carroll Family)