A Fairfax County Police officer has been charged after bodycam footage shows him tasing a black man on the ground while kneeling on him.
The Fairfax County Police Department called a late press conference Saturday night to release details surrounding the arrest of one of the department’s own officers.
The white officer, Tyler Timberlake, faces three counts of assault and battery related to an on-duty incident that happened Friday.
Body camera video played at the press conference shows an officer deploying his stun gun on a Black man, who was walking away from him at the time.
The man seems in the footage to be suffering from some kind of medical episode.
The man falls to the ground, where the officer proceeds to lean on his back with his knees. The officer deploys his stun gun on him again, this time while he’s already face down on the ground.
Other officers join the initial officer in pushing the man into the ground, where they force handcuffs onto him.
At one point, the victim yells: “I can’t breathe.”
The county’s Chief of Police, Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., says the man “is alive and resting at home with his family.”
Roessler also says Timberlake has been relieved of duty. Other officers who were present have also been relieved of duty pending criminal and administrative investigations.
Timberlake faces up to 36 months in prison.