Desmond Marrow, who played briefly in the NFL, posted a video to Facebook on Thursday of his arrest by police in Georgia back in December.
The video shows Henry County police officers push a handcuffed Marrow into the back of a truck and then pick up his legs to slam him to the ground. Marrow can be heard saying, “I am not even fighting back.” He also yells, “I can’t breathe” as an officer has his hand on his neck.
In the post, Marrow says, “I Was Falsely Arrested & taken into custody in #Atlanta #Georgia #HenryCounty by the Henry County Police. I Only Had My Cell Phone in my possession & they claimed to be scared for their lives. I had No type of weapon in my possession, I was arrested for having a Gun that turned out to be my Cell Phone.”
Marrow continued, “During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion… This has affected me mentally and impacted my life in a way I can’t even humanly describe . This isn’t a cry for sympathy, I just need it to be known . . . My cry is for JUSTICE.”
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith posted on Twitter after watching the video.
“This is why there is a place for both activism and action,” Smith tweeted. “I certainly don’t have all of the facts but the video warrants a full investigation into what occurred.”
Henry County Police said in a post on social media that it “is reviewing the events surrounding the arrest of Mr. Desmond Marrow, who was arrested by Henry County Police on December 2, 2017.
“Although at the time of arrest an initial use of force review was conducted by Internal Affairs, earlier this month, Police Chief Mark Amerman ordered an Internal Affairs Investigation to be conducted. As of today, the officer involved is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation,” the statement continued. “The criminal case against Mr. Marrow is currently pending in the Henry County District Attorney’s Office. The Henry County Police Department takes any charges of excessive use of force very seriously and wants to assure the public that this event will be fully investigated.”
On Friday, Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo posted on Facebook, “The portion of the video distributed is graphic and violent, and we understand why people are disturbed by this.”
Pattillo said his office is investigating the charges against Morrow “of felony obstruction, misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor aggressive driving.”
Pattilo also stated, “In addition to the criminal case, my office will conduct an investigation parallel to the Henry County Police Department’s Internal Affairs’ investigation…. We are looking at the full video of the incident captured by witnesses, as well as police dash cameras, witness statements, police reports and all other evidence.”