An Indiana police officer Jon Selke is being accused of police brutality after a controversial arrest of a Black man, and much of the arrest was recorded by his girlfriend.
On social media, the victim has been identified as Purdue student Adonis Tuggle. “I NEED HELP!!!” he posted Wednesday on Instagram. “Please share this to as many ppl as possible and spread the news.”
The junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences was arrested for resisting law enforcement, according to Purdue police logs, but he says he didn’t resist.
The footage shows the officer in a scuffle – pinning Adonis on the snow-covered ground while he screams out in pain. It appears the cop is holding Tuggle down by pushing his elbow into his neck and/or face. The woman recording is yelling at the officer to stop and complains the cop is hurting her boyfriend.
“Stop! You’re hurting me,” Tuggle said on the video. “You’ve been disrespectful the whole time, bro,” he said.
The woman yells at Selke to get his arm off of Tuggle’s neck, after which, Tuggle yells, “You’re choking me.”
“Stop,” Tuggle’s girlfriend is heard screaming in the video. “Get off of him! Get off of him!”
She actually taps the officer at one point, and he tells her he’ll Taser her if she does it again. As more officers arrive, she is heard saying, “Please help. This officer won’t get off his neck. He’s has taken it too far.”
It’s unclear from the video how much pressure Selke uses.
You can watch the video here