Newly launched physique digicam movies present an inmate in North Carolina saying “I can not breathe” practically 30 occasions as he’s restrained by jail officers and a nurse main as much as his demise.
These allegedly concerned – 5 former jail officers and a nurse – have since been charged with involuntary manslaughter over Neville’s demise. A sixth officer was additionally fired however has not been charged.
Video of the incident resulting in his demise begins with a nurse addressing Neville, who’s laying on the ground surrounded by guards, saying “it appears such as you had a seizure” and repeatedly assuring him “you are OK.”
Neville fights to stand up, showing confused, yells expletives and asks the guards to “let me up” and “assist me.” At one level he’s heard yelling for his mom, shouting “Mamma, mamma.”
Neville is put right into a restraining chair with a mesh hood over his face earlier than guards take him to a room down the hall. On this portion of the video, Neville will be heard respiration loudly.
A second video that reveals the continuation of the incident reveals Neville moved right into a small cell as he continues to yell “assist me.” Guards inform him to relax and say he is had a medical incident. Within the cell, officers then transfer Neville from the restraining chair onto a mattress on the ground.
Officers seem to proceed restraining Neville as he’s transferred onto the mattress. In accordance with NBC’s video of the incident, Neville says “I can not breathe” 29 occasions and “Please let me go” a number of occasions.
The 26-minute lengthy second video then reportedly reveals Neville going quiet, as guards lock him within the room and depart. The top of the video reveals the nurse returning to examine on Neville and saying she would not assume he’s respiration. She makes use of her stethoscope and says she “cannot hear a coronary heart fee” and requires a defibrillator earlier than performing CPR.
He was later taken to a hospital the place he was pronounced useless.
In accordance with ABC Information, an post-mortem confirmed that Neville suffered a mind harm as a result of his coronary heart had stopped beating and it was disadvantaged of oxygen. The report additionally stated he was asphyxiated throughout restraint.
Whereas the incident passed off final December, the arguments from the case and new video have emerged following the demise of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died in police custody in Might after he was heard saying “I can not breathe.”
The phrase, “I can not breathe,” has additionally been heard in physique digicam footage and viral telephone footage of different deaths of civilians whereas in regulation enforcement custody, prompting it to turn out to be a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protesters.
There have been native protests over Neville’s demise alongside the nationwide protests this yr calling for an finish to racism and police brutality.