Jaxson Hayes, a center for the New Orleans Pelicans, was detained in Los Angeles last week. The video of the arrest has now been public, and it has sparked a lot of debate.
Three members of the Los Angeles Police Department can be seen restraining and tasing Hayes while he’s on the ground, according to TMZ footage released on Wednesday (Aug. 4). The video continues until backup comes, at which point the guy who is filming is allegedly addressed by police.
LAPD Chief Michael Moore revealed yesterday that an inquiry is underway to determine whether excessive force was utilized during the arrest.
Last Wednesday, police were called to a domestic disturbance and the story began to unravel. When officers arrived on the scene, Hayes allegedly attempted to prevent them from entering his home. That’s when the brawl started.
Hayes, according to officers, was the one who started the physical altercation. They stated in a statement that “body-cam video shows Hayes repeatedly attempting to enter the property despite officers blocking his path and vocal requests for him to remain outside.”
“Officers requested back up and attempted to place Hayes’ hands behind his back; however, Hayes broke free and shoved one of the officers into a wall,” the statement adds.
Hayes was taken to the hospital following the arrest, and he was charged with violence on a law enforcement officer. On a $25,000 bond, he was freed from police custody.
Hayes was selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Pelicans, and he has averaged just over seven points and four rebounds in just under 17 minutes per game so far. The Pelicans are aware of the arrest, but it’s unknown how they’ll handle the situation as the investigation continues.
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