Georgia police have reminded us why NFL players were taking a knee during the National Anthem before football games.
Desmond Marrow, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, was handcuffed when he passed out after being slammed to the concrete and choked by Henry County police officers in a parking lot.
Once he was on the ground, one of the officers appears to grab him by the throat. Marrow yells, “I can’t breathe!” Which is of course reminiscent of when police killed Eric Garner.
Watch video of the assault below via 11 Alive.
Marrow wrote in a Facebook post that he was being arrested for having a gun…even though he didn’t have a gun. The athlete feared for his life and thought he was going to die during the attack.
“I was fully cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I thought I was going to die. I was sure I was passing out or dying,” Marrow wrote.
“During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious,” he wrote. “In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion along with the heartache of my wife leaving me during this very hard time for my short comings and careless actions.”
Marrow also claimed that police put him in isolation and said he was a gang member because of his tattoos. He said police offered to clear his name in exchange for erasing the video.
The video has no time stamp and the post does not clarify a date, but 11 Alive suggests that it likely occurred on Dec 2, 2017, during what police called a road rage incident.
Police said Marrow reacted violently after someone threw a cup of coffee at his car. He followed the car to a shopping center parking lot.
An officer noticed the aggressive driving and followed the vehicles to the parking lot. The officer arrived during an argument between Marrow and the people in the other vehicle.
As other officers arrived on scene, they asked Marrow if he had a gun, and he said no. After patting him down, police agreed that he had no weapons.
Marrow was arrested and reportedly charged with making terroristic threats, reckless driving and aggressive driving.
Although the video shows Marrow being assaulted while he is handcuffed and non-combative, police allege he refused to cooperate prior to that.