Police in the US state of North Carolina have released body and dashboard camera footage that shows the arrest of a black man who died after officers repeatedly used Tasers on him.
Darryl Tyree Williams, 32, died in hospital after being confronted and handcuffed by officers in south-east Raleigh at about 2am on January 17, according to a report by police chief Estella Patterson.
The footage – authorised to be released by a state judge this week – shows officers approaching and searching Mr Williams near a parked car.
Raleigh police have said officers had been conducting proactive patrols of nearby businesses.
A man can be heard on several of the body-worn camera recordings saying: “I’m not doing anything.”
Family members viewed the footage on Thursday, a city spokesperson said.
The footage from one body camera shows officers directing Mr Williams multiple times to place his hands either up or behind his back.
A struggle ensues, and someone can be heard threatening to fire a Taser unless he stops. The police report says a Taser was deployed, temporarily stopping Mr Williams and causing him to fall. The video shows officers on the ground with Mr Williams near a bin.
The police report said Mr Williams then broke away from the officers. The video shows him stopped moments later in the car park, with officers telling Mr Williams to get on the ground and trying again to arrest him.
He asks: “Why are you all doing this to me?”
“Hands behind your back or you’re going to get Tased again,” an officer said about 20 seconds later, following other orders by his colleagues.
The footage confirms the report’s statement that Mr Williams can then be heard saying: “I have heart problems”, after he was stunned again and before officers said another one would be coming if he did not cooperate.
Police have said Mr Williams was stunned three times, twice through direct body contact with the Taser.
Once Williams appears to be detained, someone says: “Relax man, relax. Chill out.”
Seconds later, officers become worried about whether he still had a pulse, but they turn him over and say he is breathing.
One of the videos begins with Mr Williams already on the ground and officers kneeling over him. He can be heard moaning.
Mr Williams became unresponsive and stopped breathing after he was handcuffed, according to the written account. The footage shows police doing chest compressions to try to resuscitate him.
Emergency services arrived, and Williams was pronounced dead at a hospital about 3am. The cause of his death is under investigation.
The report said officers initially approached Mr Williams as he sat in the driver’s seat of a parked car. An officer observed an open container of alcohol and cannabis in the car.
Police tried to arrest him for possession of a controlled substance after they found a folded dollar bill with white powder in his pocket, the report said.
In one of the videos, an officer approaches the car from the passenger side, the door opens and the officer asks: “Hey what’s up? How’s it going? What are y’all doing?”
A man inside explains that he’s walking to his house. The officer responds, “OK, just do me a favour. Come over here. Have a seat, both of you.”
As the men in the car repeatedly ask: “Why? and “For what?” the officer just repeats: “Have a seat,” six times.
A search of Mr Williams’ car also found two firearms, one of which had been reported stolen, the report states. A passenger in the car left the scene on foot, the report adds.
Six officers involved in the arrest are on administrative leave, and the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe. The police department sought a judge’s permission to release the body camera and dash camera video from patrol cars.
Emancipate NC and other advocacy groups this week presented a list of demands to the Raleigh City Council. They include sacking the officers involved in the arrest, reforming the city’s police advisory board and discontinuing, for now, the use of Tasers.
Ms Blagrove said: “How many times do we have to watch public executions before policing will be held accountable?
“Emancipate NC stands behind the demands presented to Raleigh City Council and expect to see officers help accountable for Daryll Williams’ death.”