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Video shows police tackling Black teen who drove home instead of pulling over

The Schertz Police Department is investigating claims of excessive force.

Nov 30, 2020, 12:53 pm*



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Officials in Schertz, Texas, released police body camera footage that shows officers tackling an 18-year-old boy and shocking him with a Taser after they chased the teen for running a red light, KENS reports. Schertz Police Department is investigating claims of excessive force.

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A doorbell camera captured footage of the arrest of Zekee Rayford, who drove to his father’s house while police officers chased him. In the video, the teen is seen running to the front door yelling for his father just before two police officers run to Rayford and tackle him.

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Newly released police body camera footage shows the arrest from the officers’ perspective. The footage shows Rayford’s father at the front door, and an officer says, “You better relax, or you’re gonna get it next. I promise you, you will… Unclench your fist.”

Rayford’s father asks why the officers waited until Rayford got to the door and then “tased” him. “He’s running, he’s committing a felony by fleeing a police officer,” the officer says. “And by fleeing on foot, he’s committing another crime. Evading on foot.”

In another video, an officer asks Rayford, “You should have stopped, right?” The teen responds, “Yeah, but it was still unnecessary.”

The videos also captured responses from Rayford’s family members, who expressed concerns for the teen’s safety. One officer warned Rayford’s father after he approached an officer.

“He’s coming aggressive towards my officer,” the officer said, per KENS. “Get him in the house. We’re done. Get him in the house.”

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Schertz Police Department said in a statement to the Daily Dot that it is investigating the matter. “At this time, we are actively investigating the incident involving Zekee Rayford and cannot comment further on the investigation,” the statement said. “At the conclusion of the investigation, if any policy infractions are discovered staff will be held accountable and appropriate actions will be taken.” 

According to a statement released to the Daily Dot, Schertz Mayor Ralph Gutierrez said the police department released the footage to be transparent.

“Throughout every situation the City is deeply committed to doing what’s right,” the statement said. “And at this time, the right thing to do is be as transparent as we can, which is why we are releasing this footage.” 

Rayford declined the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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*First Published: Nov 30, 2020, 12:52 pm