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Bodycam video shows officers with the Blytheville Police Department arrest a man on Easter Sunday. “I see another Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin situation if you ask me,” Patrick Newbern Jr. said. Newbern said he was unjustly targeted in the parking lot of Lucky’s Store on South Division Street as police responded to complaints of loud music.
The footage showed an officer ask Newbern for his license and for him not to go anywhere while he wrote a citation. Newbern began driving off but stopped before getting out of the parking lot. Police said Newbern refused to get out of the car when they told him to, but he said he never had a chance to get out of his seat belt before officers started yanking him out. “When you ask me to get out the car, you open up the door snatching me out the car without letting me get out my seat belt,” Newbern said. “How can I get out the car in my seat belt?”
A police report revealed Newbern was tased twice and sprayed with a chemical agent after he allegedly resisted arrest, grabbed for the officer’s weapons and tried hitting one of them. “As soon as I saw the video, it made me sick to my stomach,” Tony Hollis, president of the Mississippi County Chapter of the NAACP, said. Hollis is calling for the arresting officer to be disciplined and for better training for Blytheville Police.
“They was attending to him and touching him and whatever — going inside his vehicle,” Hollis explained about bystanders seen in the video. “That is not standard police procedure. The police department — they even placed themselves in danger.” Newbern was charged with violation of the city noise ordinance, fleeing by vehicle and resisting arrest. The local NAACP is planning a rally within the next two weeks to bring attention to the video and law enforcement-community relations.
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