Recently, a man named Joseph Hutcheson parked his car in front of the main lobby of the Dallas County Jail, and stumbled asking for help from deputies.
He had just left a hospital, even though doctors had advised him not to, and it seems that whatever he was being kept there for was indeed still an issue. Realizing that he should not have left, Hutcheson, 48, pulled over to the first building he could find where he apparently thought help could be administered. Instead of helping him, however, a newly-released video shows Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies tackling him to the ground.
It was only minutes after deputies piled on the injured, disoriented and incoherent Hutcheson, that he was dead at the scene.
Minutes later, Hutcheson was dead.
Local WFAA reports that in the video it is clear Hutcheson is “not well.”
The video documents him “limping around” right before a deputy grabs him and slams him to the ground.
Still Hutcheson is calm, perhaps still a bit sedated from medication. His hands remain by his sides.
“My brother needed help,” James Hutcheson, said in an interview with WFAA. “You treat some people like they have a medical emergency, not everybody like a criminal. I can tell you that he wasn’t going to hurt anybody.”
Hutcheson staggered into the lobby, and as he came to a bench, people scattered out of his way. Then when he is taken down by one deputy, two others join in, pile on him, and smash him face-down into the ground. One of the deputies is shown with his knee leaning into Hutcheson’s neck.
WFAA reports that a full five minutes pass before anyone administered CPR or any first aid.
“The video shows it,” Scott Palmer, the Hutcheson family attorney, said in an interview with WFAA. “It’s just a question of how much force and what force and what damage was caused by that… Why are they on top of him? Did they hurt him, rather than help him?”
Now, the family wants an independent autopsy to examine the internal anatomy surrounding his neck, which Palmer says “are currently missing.”
Watch the video report and surveillance footage below…
(Article by Jackson Marciana)