Schertz, TX – Schertz police are investigating whether any department policies were violated when officers arrested a fleeing suspect on his parents’ front porch on Monday (video below).
The incident began at about 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 2 when Schertz police officers saw a car run a red light on Schertz Parkway, according to a press release from the Schertz Police Department.
The press release said the officers and turned on their lights and siren to stop the car.
Police said the driver – 18-year-old Zekee Rayford – didn’t stop and instead fled into the Wilsons Preserve neighborhood, according to the press release.
Rayford led officers on a chase that ended when he pulled into a driveway in the 1000-block of Keanna Place, police said.
Home security video from the scene showed that the officers pointed their weapons in the direction of Rayford’s car as they ordered him to show his hands and to get on the ground.
The video showed Rayford got out of the car with his hands in the air, facing the officers, and then, keeping his hands up, he turned and walked away from them toward the front door of the home.
The officers went after him and caught up with him at the entrance of the home.
There was also a security camera that filmed the front door and it captured what happened when the officers took the suspect to the ground.
That video showed Rayford banging on the front door of the house screaming “Dad! Dad! Dad!” at the top of his lungs.
The first officer to catch up with the suspect pointed a Taser at Rayford and then his partner attempted to take the 18 year old into custody, the video showed.
Rayford resisted arrest as the officers attempted to put him on the ground to handcuff him.
A third officer arrived on the scene to assist the first two, the video showed.
“Stop resisting, stop resisting!” the male officer ordered Rayford.
“Dad! Dad!” Rayford continued to scream in the video.
He continued to fight the officers as he screamed.
“You’re under arrest right now, do you understand that?” the female officer on the scene asked him. “Turn around and put your hands behind your back.”
Then the male officer deployed his Taser in an effort to get Rayford to comply, the video showed.
“Okay okay okay!” Rayford yelled as the Taser made a zapping sound in the video.
But he didn’t stop resisting and continued to fight the officers.
The backup officer jumped into the fray at that point and knelt to help hold Rayford to the ground.
Then the video showed the female officer stood up and kicked the suspect at least six times in an effort to get him to comply with police commands.
The front door suddenly opened and Rayford’s parents appeared on the other side of the door.
The video showed the officer told them that he was under arrest after fleeing police as Rayford finally stopped fighting and allowed officers to apply handcuffs.
Rayford’s parents can’t be seen in the video but they can be heard arguing with the officers about what was going on from inside the house.
The parents yelled at the officers in the video and asked the male officer if he had Tased Rayford.
The officer maintained a calm demeanor as he reholstered his Taser and answered the man, the video showed.
“Yes, I did Tase him. I did. Yes,” the officer told the woman screaming at him from inside the house.
The parents began screaming at the officer about how Rayford was already on the ground when they Tased him – meaning the 18-year-old’s parents had been watching the incident that led up to the Taser being deployed on their cameras before they opened the door to assist their son and help break up the fray.
“You better relax or you’re gonna get it next,” the officer warned in the video. “I promise you, you will.”
“What is he gonna get next?” a woman asked just as the video ended.
Police said Rayford was arrested for felony evading in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and detention, and possession of marijuana, according to the police department’s press release.
Online jail records showed that Rayford was released on bond on Wednesday.
The 18 year old has a criminal record that included past arrests for evading arrest, engaging in organized criminal activity, and delivery of a controlled substance, according to KSAT.
Rayford’s family shared the security video of his arrest on social media and it sparked outrage in the community and calls for charges of excessive force against the officers, KABB reported.
Rayford’s family has hired attorneys and claimed that the arrest of Rayford was racially-motivated.
“It was unjust and uncalled for and threatening and a misuse of force. It just makes us feel unsafe in the community we live in,” a family member told KSAT.
Attorney Daryl Washington called the incident “yet another tragic example of a minor traffic violation resulting in a Black man in this country fearing for his life.”
Schertz police have begun an internal investigation into the handling of the arrest, KSAT reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: