Body Cam Footage Shows The Moment Police Broke A Latino’s Neck During An Arrest
Warning: Footage might be disturbing to some viewers.
He fell directly on his head, and they jumped on him.
Donovan Duran was an up-and-coming MMA fighter when he was arrested by La Junta, Colo., police officers in December 2015. According to The Denver Post, Duran’s family called the cops to help him after he got drunk and started to act erratically. What should have been a routine arrest ended Duran’s MMA career. The video, obtained by The Denver Post, shows Sergeant Vince Fraker forcibly removing Duran from the SUV and dropping him on his neck on the pavement. The same officer then grabs Duran’s neck and starts asking him to stand up. The grand jury that was investigating the arrest declined to indict Sergeant Fraker, even though they said the injuries sustained by Duran are “tragic.”
Duran had at least three previous encounters with police over a four-day period leading up to this arrest. Police did not believe that Duran was injured despite him telling officers that he could not feel from the upper chest down. There were no charges against Duran after the arrest.
The Duran family has filed a civil lawsuit as a result of this injury. “La Junta Police Department training of officers does not include proper training in responding to calls involving persons in crisis or with obvious mental health problems, including use of force policies and de-escalation strategies,” the lawsuit reads, according to The Denver Post. “Fraker’s use of excessive force as described above herein was outrageous and shocking to the conscience, in violation of Duran’s substantive due process rights.”