Video has surfaced showing a Mississippi highway patrolman violently restraining and arresting a Black man during a traffic stop in McComb, Mississippi, on Friday.
The video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a man named Packer Lewis and has been viewed over 522,000 times, shows a patrolman dragging Eugene Lewis, a Black man in handcuffs, and pulling him to the ground on the side of a road. The patrolman pushes his knee into Lewis’s side while pointing a Taser at the man recording the video, the footage shows.
“That’s how George Floyd died right there,” Packer Lewis can he heard saying in the video.
George Floyd was a Black man who died after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes in May 2020. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.
In the video of the Mississippi arrest, the patrolman, who is white according to the Associated Press, raises Eugene Lewis up by the arms and puts him into the back of his patrol car. It concludes with the patrolman walking toward the man who is recording and threatening to arrest him before putting another man who is also recording into handcuffs.
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SOURCE: Insider, Kenneth Niemeyer