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Former NFL Player, Desmond Marrow, alleges police brutality

In the past few years, there have been numerous reports regarding violent confrontations between law enforcement officials and African-American males who were alleged to have resisted arrest. Many of these incidents have been captured on video cameras and have shown officers engaging in questionable behavior and, in some instances, outright police brutality. When public officials overstep the lines of authority, Arizona victims may be unsure how to seek justice for the damages they have suffered.

Last December, there was an alleged road rage incident that involved former NFL player Desmond Marrow and two unidentified men. There are conflicting accounts over what transpired that afternoon. Marrow stated that two men in a vehicle drove past him and threw a beverage at his vehicle. He then claims to have followed them in order to record their license plate. Other witnesses and the men involved claim that Marrow was visibly agitated and threatened the two men.

After police responded to a call concerning the incident, they placed Marrow under arrest. During the altercation, police accused Marrow of resisting arrest, and they are seen on video throwing him to the ground. The video, which Marrow later shared to a social media site, also purportedly shows officers placing him in a choke-hold position.

Marrow was charged with making terroristic threats along with aggressive and reckless driving, though the terror-related charge was reportedly dropped. Once the video was released, officials with the police department placed the officer involved on paid suspension while an internal review is conducted. Along with that review, the local district attorney announced that his office would also be investigating the alleged police brutality incident. It is unknown whether the victim suffered any injuries related to his forceful arrest. Arizona residents who have been a victim of authority overreach are entitled to seek restitution for their damages through the civil justice system.

Source: FOX 5 Atlanta, "Police Officer placed on administrative leave following video involving ex-football player's arrest", April 27, 2018

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