Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bodycam video of the arrest of New Orleans Pelicans Jaxson Hayes showed the basketball player shoved an officer into a wall when police tried to handcuff him (video below).
TMZ released bodycam video that showed what happened at about 3:14 a.m. on July 28 when officers responded to a 911 call from Hayes’ residence about a domestic dispute in the 22000-block of Mariano Street.
A woman had called 911 for help for her cousin who had sent “disturbing” texts from Hayes’ home.
The woman said her cousin claimed Hayes was “getting loud and violent” but she was “scared and couldn’t call the police herself,” TMZ reported.
The video showed LAPD officers encountered the 21-year-old, six-foot, 11-inch, 220-pound New Orleans Pelicans center in his front yard and asked him to wait outside while they went in to check on the person inside.
Bodycam video showed Hayes told the officers they needed a warrant, and they explained to him that under the circumstances, they did not.
“You’re not going to kick me outta my house, bro,” Hayes told officers in the video.
Hayes’ friend who was at the house when the altercation occurred tried to talk his friend out of tangling with the police.
The video showed he got behind Jaxson and wrapped his arms around him as if to hold him back from attacking the police.
At the same time, the friend begged officers not to touch Hayes.
Bodycam video showed the officer radioed dispatch and requested backup at Hayes’ home as the situation continued to escalate.
The video showed Hayes pulled away from his friend and made a move to go into his home, and officers stopped him.
When officers tried to handcuff the basketball player, he pulled away and shoved one of the officers up against the wall, the bodycam showed.
“Put out a help call,” one of the officers told another in the video.
Officers then wrestled Hayes to the ground while his friend yelled at him to stop fighting police.
“Stop resisting or I’m gonna Tase you,” an officer told Hayes in the video multiple times.
A woman came out of the house and started screaming off camera.
At one point, when officers had Hayes down on the ground, he complained that he couldn’t breathe, and one officer told another to get his knee off him, the video showed.
As soon as the officer took his knee off the basketball player, Hayes sat up and started screaming about wanting badge numbers as he continued to resist arrest.
That’s when an officer deployed his Taser and took Hayes down to the ground so he could be placed in handcuffs, the video showed.
Bodycam showed that police Tased Hayes twice while they struggled to take him into custody.
“Y’all ready to walk up to a n—ga’s house and shoot em like that?” Hayes asked as he continued to fight the officers who were trying to get his arms behind his back.
Hayes’ friend informed officers that he was getting the whole thing on camera, referring to the now-viral video of the basketball player’s arrest that left out what led to him being Tased.
The struggle went on for more than two-and-a-half minutes on the ground before officers were able to get handcuffs on Hayes.
Police said it took “two deployments of the Taser, as well as bodyweight and physical force” to subdue Hayes, ESPN reported.
The officer that Hayes slammed against the wall was injured and required medical treatment afterwards, TMZ reported.
Hayes was also taken to the hospital for treatment before he was booked for resisting arrest.
He was released two hours later after posting $25,000 bail, ESPN reported.
The police union representing LAPD officers sent a letter to National Basketball Association (NBA) officials in early August asking that Hayes be disciplined for assaulting a police officer.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), which represents more than 9,000 rank-and-file LAPD officers, sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Pelicans’ owner Gayle Benson that asked them to take action against Hayes, TMZ reported.
LAPPL said in the letter obtained by TMZ that Hayes refused orders, hurled the n-word at officers, and pushed one officer so hard into the wall the “much physically smaller” man was seriously injured.
Pictures obtained by TMZ showed the injured officer’s elbow was swollen, misshapen, and bleeding after the altercation with the NBA player.
Charges against the basketball player are still pending and Hayes is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Jan. 24, 2022.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: