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Cop Relieved of Duty After Cellphone Video Shows Him Putting Student in Chokehold

According to the Camden, Arkansas Police Department, an investigation is underway and an officer has been placed on leave after cellphone video showed him placing a highschool student in a chokehold.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. in the common area at the Camden Fairview High School.

The footage shows Officer Jake Perry, who is assigned to Camden High School as a School Resource Officer (SRO), standing behind Dekyrion Ellis with his arm around the student’s throat. 

The officer applies the chokehold for over 12 seconds and lifts the teenager off his feet while still holding him by his neck. 

Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody released a statement, saying Officer Perry has been relieved of his duty pending investigation, effective immediately.

“As the Police Chief, I will not tolerate misconduct from officers and this matter will be dealt with accordingly and I will be transparent in doing so.”

Camden Fairview Superintendent Fred Lilly released a statement regarding the incident. 

“I (Superintendent Lilly), have been informed that the officer involved has been relieved of duty pending an investigation by Camden Police Department (CPD). Camden Fairview School District (CFSD) will fully cooperate with the CPD’s investigation. In order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, CFSD will work with the CPD to ensure that current policies and procedures for all SROs stationed at CFSD schools are reviewed and revised if necessary. CFSD’s first priority is, and will continue to be, to provide an excellent education to all of our students in a safe environment.”

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Deborah Preston February 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

If that was my child that bastard wouldn’t be alive by nightfall!

Jack Dalton February 12, 2020 at 10:51 pm

He could have killed him. Fire him immediately

Renee February 13, 2020 at 1:07 am

He could of killed that kid, that was totally unnecessary. I would sue the County for that. That child was not a streat to him, all he had to do, was calm tbe child down , and fi d out what was going on, then take him to the principal office to be discipline from there. I hope the parents sue and demand he be fired. There is a different in on how you handle child. If thats the eay that cop abuse those kids he do t need to be at a school.

Miguel February 13, 2020 at 11:30 am

I’m a felon. My brother and myself both been the recipients of police beatings..

With that said I know sometimes I deserved it. Everyone talking this and that.. but yo as parent I see a lot of little self entitled disrespectful kids running around so I ask..

What did the kid do.. how did things get there..

Ray. February 16, 2020 at 9:47 am

I would ask, if you saw a full grown adult in civilian clothing doing the same would you still ask this question? Or would you see this as assault like it is? I highly doubt the kid did ANYTHING to warrant this kind of behavior from a full grown ass adult, ESPECIALLY a fucking cop that is supposed to be there to protect, NOT intimidate.

I also ask, as a rape victim, do you ask the same questions to all victims of violence? If someone was murdered do you ask what did they do to deserve it? When men, women, children are raped do you ask what did they do to bring this on? Your question and the answer does NOT negate the action of the cop, period. They are TRAINED for a reason, this shows someone needs better training…especially when using this form of force that CAN AND HAS KILLED PEOPLE BEFORE on a teenage kid, and then dragging him around in a headlock AFTER he supposedly handled the situation like a fucking prick ass bully.

And FYI these entitled disrespectful kids you speak of…are they kids that are just sick and tired of grown ass adults treating them like shit and now refuse to blindly follow bull shit like other generations? Or are they as entitled and disrespectful as EVERY OTHER GENERATION IN THE HISTORY OF TIME HAS EVER BEEN TO THE GENERATIONS BEFORE THEM? Because you complaint is exactly the same complaint that is repeated over and over again by older generations…why? Because older generations don’t like the change and rights the younger generations ask for…or demand in some situations. If not for younger generations rebelling against the older and becoming entitled disrespectful kid we wouldn’t have ended slavery, ended segregation, ended Jim Crow…women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, women wouldn’t be allowed to work, open a bank account, leave an abusive husband, buy a home…without the disrespectful younger generation we wouldn’t have change. Something to think about

Eugene Benjamin February 15, 2020 at 7:09 pm

I Don’t care what the kid did that led up to the incident. As an adult and an officer there are protocols in place for situations and if they are not then that is a discussion for future incidents. For the cop, if you can’t handle a child without brute force then you should have gotten reassigned. It should never the first instance to use a chokehold are you serious? That is a child you are a full-grown man had that been one of your children would you be okay with that. He should be fired the school should also be sued whoever is in charge should be retrained never ever should a Man be allowed to manhandle a child without the presence of a school official..


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