DeKalb Police choke and tase a man, loses consciousness

A video posted to social media showing DeKalb Police choking a man is making the rounds.

The footage starts with Elonte McDowell, 25, on the ground with an officer’s arm clenched tightly around his neck.

McDowell can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe …Record this, babe. Record this.”

“I got it on record but just be cool, babe.” responds Alyssa Retuerto, his girlfriend. 

McDowell is tased moments later by another deputy all the while still in the first officer’s choke hold. McDowell then appears to lose consciousness. 

Retuerto goes directly to her boyfriend on the ground and caresses his face, repeating “Baby, baby, I love you so much.”

The officer that had McDowell in the choke hold smacks his face while saying, “You’re OK, big boy. It’s a nice fake.”

McDowell was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, Criminal Trespass to Property, and Resisting a Peace Officer.

Police said that he had between one to 3.5 ounces of weed on him.

The officer whose arms were wrapped around the neck has been temporarily reassigned to administrative duties while his actions are reviewed. An investigation is ongoing.

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