Watch this video of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy violently arresting a 26-year old.
A video has gone viral of a man in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans) being arrested by a sheriff. The video is worth watching, but for those who can’t watch videos, here’s a recap:
On March 30th, a man called 911 to report Donrell Breaux for cursing. A sheriff’s deputy responded to the call. The deputy asked Breaux for ID, which Breaux said was in the house. When Breaux went to retrieve his identification, the deputy rushed into the house, wrestled Breaux onto the couch and tried to arrest him.
Breaux can be heard repeatedly asking why he was being arrested and what were the charges against him. At one point in the video, the officer seems to say, “I’m going to shoot you in the head.”
Breaux then begs the deputy not to shoot him.
Breaux was later arrested and charged with “battery of a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and disturbing the peace by using offensive, derisive or annoying words”. He was released on a $6,250 bond. A pretty good wrap-up of this story can be found at NOLA.com.
Unlike other similar stories, this one didn’t end in tragedy. Donrell Breaux’s rights were violated, and he was treated like a criminal with no apparent reason, but he’s still alive. That fact separates him from victims such as Trayvon Martin, but how easily could this have ended in a death? I say pretty easily. Why? Because young black males are still considered scary. When Donrell Breaux went into his house to find his ID, the officer saw that as a threatening move and responded violently. Obviously, the video is only part of the encounter, but nothing about Breaux seems threatening. He repeatedly says he’s scared. The officer’s violent response to Breaux says to me that the officer saw him as a threat.
I don’t know about you, but Donrell Breaux doesn’t seem to be the violent menace that we’re supposed to believe black guys represent. To me, he seems like a guy who doesn’t want to be killed by an armed man who has said that’s exactly what he intends to do.
Editor’s Note: The Youtube version of the video incorrectly states ‘New Orleans’. This occurred in Jefferson Parish.
Video— Eric Banegas/ Facebook