*News Flash: Cops placing civilians in a choke hold is nothing new. But you probably know that. And apparently, choke holds are not exclusive to black folks…or even adults. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
Two days from now (December 10) will mark the 9-year anniversary of the death of one of the world’s most prolific comedians: Richard Pryor. Where has the time gone? And real diehards know the man called it as he saw it – and spared no vocal expense when it came to putting cops on blast about anything, especially choke holds. Thanks to Shadow and Act, I was reminded of this video and think it is apropos in light of recent events.
In the first of two different videos below, Pryor does a segment of his act on cops and their penchant for putting black folks especially (you know he doesn’t use that term) in the now infamous “chokehold.”
*Now if there was a comparative study done, using truth as the parameter, I wouldn’t be surprise to learn that the chokehold is a tactic used most often on black folk. But this 2nd video, recorded on a cellphone and posted on Facebook last Friday, shows a female cop placing a white 15-year-old Arizona girl in a chokehold is getting furious attention on social media…and get this:
It was done in front of her mother.
The footage has received more than 2.5 million views.
The incident happened in Mesa, Arizona on Friday. And it was caught on video by a passerby. It seems to be a man and a woman watching and taping, and the cameraman can be heard saying, “he just punched her in the face” as the girl screams “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe…please…”
As a bystander approaches, apparently to intervene in the situation, it is later discovered to be the victim’s mother. The girl was said to be a runaway who is “emotionally unstable” according to Luis Paul Santiago, who recorded the incident.
According to the Free Thought Project, the second police officer standing nearby said that his colleague’s actions were in accordance with the procedure and that if she’d wanted, the officer “could have shot her dead.”
Santiago can be heard towards the end of the recording telling both the family of the girl and the police officer that he had filmed the entire thing.
“The cops wanted to delete this off my phone,” he later wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the video.
The mother reportedly said the girl suffered from asthma so the chokehold could have been potentially fatal.
“It’s a shame this happens to teenagers who can’t even defend themselves,” one commenter wrote.
“That’s bulls***,” another began. “He needs to be charged for NOT protecting or serving the public and making our streets safe, why fear gangs or criminals when our cops are just as bad…”
See the disturbing video below.