A white Texas cop laid on top of an 18-year-old black girl for several minutes while vomit spills from the side of her mouth and she screams, ‘I can’t breathe.’
Her mom, Antanique Ray, is heard on video pleading with the officer to let her get up while she tries to calm her daughter down as she labored through each breath.
The officer – identified as Kaufman County Deputy Conner Martin – ignores Ray and keeps his full body weight on top of her daughter, Nekia Trigg, while pinning her arms over head and wrapping his legs around her legs.
The chaotic scene played out on Tuesday in Forney, Texas – about 22 miles east of Dallas – and was recorded on video, which was uploaded to social media.
The cell phone video starts with Trigg already on the ground and Martin on top of her. After about two minutes, Martin and his partner are seen flipping Trigg on her stomach and cuffing her while she spits up.
The officer – identified as Kaufman County Deputy Conner Martin – keeps his full body weight on top of Nekia Trigg while pinning her arms over head and wrapping his legs around her legs
Trigg yells, ‘I can’t breathe,’ while vomit spills from the side of her mouth
Deputy Martin pinned Trigg’s arms above her head while she cried and spit up
The officer had his legs wrapped around Trigg’s legs and kept his body weight on her
Trigg’s family pleads with the officer to get off of her and let her up
The officer flip Trigg on her stomach after at least two minutes
The two deputies lead Trigg away to the police car, where she was followed by her mom. There were a few moments of calm before violent chaos ensued.
The officers’ bodies blocked the camera’s view of what sparked the physical confrontation, but Martin is heard yelling, ‘Let go of her!’ at least twice before tackling Ray to the ground in the middle of the street.
A third officer comes running into view and is seen pointing a stun girl at the person recording the incident.
While lying in the street, Ray is heard saying, ‘All I did was ask you to loosen the cuffs. I didn’t touch you. I was touching my daughter and asked you to loosen the cuffs because she said they were too tight.’
By the end of the video, the person recording says, ‘You got seven police out here, for three little black girls.’
The deputies lead Trigg in handcuffs to the patrol car with Trigg’s mom alongside them
Then violence ensures, and Trigg’s mom is thrown to the ground and cuffed
Another officer points a Taser at the person recording the incident while the other officers arrest Trigg’s mom
Police received multiple 911 called about a young woman jumping in front of cars, trying to get hit, and saying she didn’t care if she died.
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office said it’s reviewing the incident and released the recordings of the 911 calls as well as bodycam footage showing the moments leading up to what turned out to be a violent ordeal.
The officer is heard trying to settle Trigg down, who was crying. He grabbed her arm and said she can’t walk away. It’s unclear if this is Martin’s bodycam.
It’s police protocol to hold a person who maybe suicidal for mental health evaluation.
But Trigg is seen crying and heard on the bodycam saying, ‘Why are you hurting me?’ while looking down at the officer’s hand around her arm.
‘I don’t want you to hurt me,’ at least four times.
Trigg is heard in the bodycam footage saying, ‘You’re hurting me.’ She’s seen here calling her mom and sister
Deputy Martin, pictured here, was awarded a lifesaving medal in 2019 for saving a man’s life in a car accident
In a reassuring tone, the officer says, ‘I’m not going to hurt you’ while asking what’s going on and why she was jumping in front of cars.
She said she wasn’t jumping in front of cars and calls her mom and sister.
The officer is heard saying, ‘Stop pulling away. If you keep pulling away, I’m going to have to put you in handcuffs.’
Trigg yells over and over, ‘You’re hurting me,’ while the officer tries to get her to sit on the ground.
The bodycam is in the grass but viewers can hear Trigg crying and her mom yelling, ‘She’s not doing anything.’
The bodycam footage essentially becomes the audio version of what the cell phone recording caught.
Ray was ultimately arrested and charged with assault of a public servant and interference with public duties and released on bond. She also had two outstanding warrants.
Trigg was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
The county sheriff’s office said it is aware of the social media post and is reviewing the incident, and Martin was placed on administrative leave.
Deputy Martin was given a lifesaving achievement award by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 for rescuing a man during a car crash.
This is Kaufman County Sheriff’s full statement: