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Pennsylvania Cop Filmed Putting Knee On Man’s Neck During Arrest

by : Emily Brown on : 12 Jul 2020 16:13
Pennsylvania Cop Filmed Putting Knee On Man's Neck During ArrestPennsylvania Cop Filmed Putting Knee On Man's Neck During ArrestBlack Lives Matter to Lehigh Valley/Facebook

A police officer from Pennsylvania has come under fire after footage showed him kneeling on a Black man’s neck during an arrest. 

The video was caught by a driver who was making their way down a street in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, July 11, when they spotted numerous officers trying to subdue the man in front of the Sacred Heart campus of St Luke’s Hospital.

The person behind the camera slowed their car to watch the scene unfold, and an officer can be seen putting his knee on the unidentified Black man’s head while other officers restrained his arms.

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See the footage here:

Just last week, the Allentown Police Department praised themselves for releasing their use of force policy.No sooner than a week after the APD released this policy, a police officer was viewed applying the same use of force, knee to the neck, procedure that killed George Floyd. At approximately 6:45 this evening, there was a situation in front of St Lukes Hospital, Sacred Heart campus.WE DEMAND ANSWERS!What good is a use of force policy if Allentown lives will still be disregarded?!It is clear and evident that black and brown lives DO NOT matter to the city of Allentown!

Posted by Black Lives Matter to Lehigh Valley on Saturday, July 11, 2020

It’s unclear what caused the altercation, but even if the man on the ground had been resisting arrest the officer was wrong to put his knee on his neck, as Allentown Police Department banned the use of chokeholds and other neck restraints earlier this month.

The video is reminiscent of what happened to George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck during his arrest. Floyd’s death sparked protests across the globe, but evidently some officers still haven’t got the message.

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Officer restraining man in AllentownOfficer restraining man in AllentownBlack Lives Matter to Lehigh Valley/Facebook

One person behind the camera could be heard saying,’We don’t matter,’ while another observer said the officer should ‘get off his neck’.

Footage of the scene was shared on the Black Lives Matter to the Lehigh Valley Facebook page, where the caption read:

Just last week, the Allentown Police Department praised themselves for releasing their use of force policy.

No sooner than a week after the APD released this policy, a police officer was viewed applying the same use of force, knee to the neck, procedure that killed George Floyd.

WE DEMAND ANSWERS! What good is a use of force policy if Allentown lives will still be disregarded?!

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Officer using knee to restrain man in AllentownOfficer using knee to restrain man in AllentownBlack Lives Matter to Lehigh Valley/Facebook

The video has been met with backlash as social media users condemn the officer’s actions. Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump was among those expressing their outrage at the scene, as he demanded the name and badge number be released for the officer seen kneeling on the man’s neck.

Crump commented:

GRAPHIC VIDEO: @AllentownPolice held down this man’s face to the pavement and then one of its officers placed their knee on his neck!! This happened yesterday and is exactly what led to #GeorgeFloyd’s death. We need this officer’s name and badge # NOW #ICantBreathe

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After the video was released on social media, activists took to the streets to protest the officer’s actions, with Mayor Ray O’Connell and Allentown Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. attempting to keep the peace, WFMZ News reports.

When protesters asked O’Connell for his thoughts on the video, he said: ‘When I look at it, I think it’s disturbing. I think we have to gather all the facts and information before we go forward.’

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Police have not released any details about the altercation, and it’s unclear what condition the man is in following the incident.

Granitz said an investigation into the situation will be held.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: News, Allentown, Arrest, Black Lives Matter, Kneeling, Pennsylvania, Police, Protest, Racism

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  2. WFMZ News

    Video captures Allentown police officer kneeling on man's neck; protesters demand answers