According to new video obtained by local media
, a Tennessee
man who died in police
custody last year told officers multiple times that he couldn't breathe and was dismissed.
According to WTVF, William Jennette died in Marshall County Jail in Lewisburg last May after officers hogtied him and knelt on him for nearly four minutes while he begged for air.
According to the newly released surveillance video of Jennette's detention, a female officer told him, "You shouldn't be able to breathe, you stupid bastard."
Jennette, 48, was arrested for public intoxication and indecent exposure because he was "hallucinating" while "detoxing" from drugs, according to police.
In the video obtained by WTVF, Jennette can be heard yelling, "Help me, they're going to kill me!" He is also beaten and thrown to the ground by police.
An officer can be heard telling him to "stay down, you stupid son of a bitch."
Seven officers surrounded Jennette as he begged for his life while being handcuffed, pepper-sprayed, and beaten, and his final words — "I'm good" — were met with rage.
“No, you ain't good; you're going to lie there for a fucking minute,” an officer responded.
Jennette died a few seconds later.
A medical examiner later ruled that his death
was a homicide, but a grand jury declined to charge any of the officers involved.
Dominique Jennette, William Jennette's daughter, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
against the department.
“That’s just something that really sticks with me, of how scared he must have been and how alone he must have felt,” she explained to WTVF.
WTVF has the entire story.