Video of a Black former NFL player getting thrown to the ground and choked by police in Georgia is drawing intense outrage.
Desmond Marrow, who played football for the University of Toledo and spent one season in the NFL, posted the video of his violent interaction with Henry County Police to his own Facebook and Instagram pages.
"I Only Had My Cell Phone in my possession & they claimed to be scared for their lives. I had No type of weapon in my possession, I was arrested for having a Gun that turned out to be my Cell Phone. During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious," Marrow wrote. "In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion along with the heartache of my Wife leaving me during this Very Hard time for my short comings and careless actions."
In the disturbing video, a handcuffed Marrow is led by police until one of the officers picks up his right leg and slams the former athlete to the ground.
"I'm not even doin' nothin.' I'm not even fighting back,” Marrow can be heard telling the officers as they get on top of him.
Marrow then begins to sob, "I didn't even do nothing to y'all!"
After Marrow shouts something else, on officer grabs Marrow's neck. At this time, Marrow says, "I can't breathe."
Marrow becomes quiet, limp and closes his eyes. "You OK?" two officers ask him at the same time. Officers tell him to sit up and begin pulling him off the ground as the video ends.
Although there is no video yet available that shows what happened before, a redacted police report obtained and posted by Heavy.com says Marrow was arrested for reckless driving, aggressive driving, making terroristic threats and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
According to the redacted report, Officer D. Rose received a call about a "moving traffic dispute" that had turned into a fight at a Target. Upon arrival at the Target, Rose said he found two Black males in the center aisle, one of whom he identified as Marrow.
A witness then told the officer Marrow had threatened to shoot another person in the dispute. Not only did Marrow deny having a gun, but an officer conducted pat-down confirmed he had no weapon, WXIA reported.
Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta president Sir Maejor Page released a statement saying, “I am utterly disgusted in how HCPD handled this black man, this player did nothing that warranted him slammed, being man-handled and chocked out, especially while handcuffed."
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