The attorney for the Sanders family, Chokwe Lumumba, said in an interview with The Guardian:
“Witness 1 saw officer Herrington’s blue lights come on,” Lumumba said. “Jonathan’s horse reared up, startled, and knocked Jonathan off his horse. His light slipped around his neck. Jonathan ran to get the horse and Officer Herrington came from behind him, yanked him down to the ground in front of the house with the light strap and placed him in a chokehold. Jonathan didn’t even see him.”
“I never saw him go for the officer,” Witness 1, said. Witnesses 2 and 3, also corroborated this account, according to the attorneys for the family. “They said Herrington held Sanders face-down on the ground and placed his arms around Sanders’ neck to restrain him,” The Guardian reported.
Witness 3, is from a law enforcement background. They told investigators that he ran towards Officer Herrington and said “‘Let him up; he won’t be able to breathe in my grass because my grass is too high,’” Lumumba explained. Witness 2, also said she then heard Sanders say “I can’t breathe” twice.
After administrators sat Sanders upright, blood rushed out of his mouth, according to The Guardian. His death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner, the 39-year-old died from manual asphyxiation – being choked to death.
So why did the grand jury just let this cop walk? And why did they attempt to discredited claims that the police officer used racial slurs throughout the encounter – indicating a hatred of Sanders without even knowing him?
(Article by M. David and S. Wooten; image by #Op309 Media)