A video posted to social media exhibits a former school and professional soccer participant being slammed to the bottom whereas handcuffed throughout an arrest in Georgia. Desmond Marrow, who performed on the College of Toledo and was briefly within the NFL, posted the video on Instagram and Fb on Thursday, saying he was injured in the course of the incident in Henry County, Georgia.
“***ATTENTION*** to anyone who views this post, PLEASE HELP ME GET MY VOICE HEARD!!! I was falsely Arrested & taken into custody in #Atlanta #Georgia #HenryCounty by the Henry County Police. I only had my cell phone in my possession & they claimed to be scared for their lives,” Marrow, 30, wrote on Instagram. “I had no type of weapon in my possession, I was arrested for having a gun that turned out to be my cell phone.”
Marrow, whose Instagram account is “@ibeattheodds_” stated he was arrested on felony fees, however didn’t present different particulars of the incident. The 1-minute video exhibits him being dragged round a parking zone whereas handcuffed by two officers, who then carry him up and drive him into the bottom. One officer has his hand close to Marrow’s throat and neck as they maintain him on the bottom, the video exhibits. It isn’t recognized when the video was recorded. Henry County Police haven’t responded to a request for remark concerning the incident and video.
“This has affected me mentally and impacted my life in a way I can’t even humanly describe,” Marrow wrote on Instagram. “This isn’t a cry for sympathy, I just need it to be known … My cry is for JUSTICE.”
Right here’s what you want to know:
1. Marrow Says His Tooth Have been Knocked Out, His Head Was ‘Slammed,’ He Was ‘Choked Out’ Till He Was ‘Unconscious,’ & He Suffered a Concussion
You can watch the video of the incident posted Thursday, April 26, by Desmond Marrow, above. It’s a few minute lengthy. The video begins with Marrow, who’s handcuffed, being held on every arm by cops in a parking zone. Marrow strikes and the officers shove him right into a white pickup truck. As he’s pushed towards the truck by the officers, one holds his arm whereas the opposite lifts him up by the leg and drives him down onto the bottom, apparently onto his face. Earlier than he was thrown down, Marrow yelled to the officers, “I’m not even fighting back.”
As Marrow hits the bottom, “I didn’t even do nothing to y’all,” as one other officer joins in. The person filming the video, whose identify just isn’t recognized, strikes round to get a greater angle, and says, “this is unbelievable,” as one of many officers places his hand close to Marrow’s neck and throat. Marrow then says repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.” The third officer tells him to settle down and the opposite officer strikes his arm away. The officers then start to pull Marrow to his ft because the video ends.
Marrow wrote on social media, “During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion.” He additionally stated the video and arrest have made it a “very hard time,” for him and led to his spouse leaving him, due to his “short comings and careless actions.”
Marrow additionally posted pictures of his accidents:
Marrow stated when he was taken to jail, he was put into isolation as a result of officers thought he was a gang member due to his tattoos. However he stated their angle modified once they discovered he was a former soccer participant and the incident was on video. He wrote on Instagram:
They threw me into isolation and labeled me a gang member due to my tattoos. I used to be absolutely cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I assumed I used to be going to die. I used to be positive I used to be passing out or dying when Officer #D.Rose was choking me as my breath stored slipping away. Henry county police dept was making an attempt to hold me quiet, however as soon as they came upon I used to be a former #NFLplayer & there was a video of the incident did they then attempt to drop my expenses. They have been principally making an attempt to get me to promote my soul in trade for the video not being posted and they might drop all of the felonies and clear my report. They stated I used to be resisting arrest, being uncontrolled, spitting and assaulting the Officers by head butting them. However GOD recorded it and I’ve PROOF! You know the reality take a lil longer to make it round lies journey quicker 💯.
Marrow stated he was “locked up” with “no bond, which gave me NO voice YOU guys are my voice I NEED your help.” He stated the arrest has had a huge effect on his life, writing, “I been sleepin on the floor I can’t get a job with these #Felonies I lost my gym all my clients & training kids is my passion that’s ALL I wana do I can’t pay my child support I would love to see my son I’d take any type of love Bruh it’s real right now.”
2. He Is an Ohio Native & Was a Star Cornerback on the College of Toledo
Marrow is a local of Youngstown, in accordance to the College of Toledo soccer web site. He’s a graduate of Cardinal Mooney Excessive Faculty. In highschool, Marrow was the Ohio Division IV “Co-Defensive Player of the Year,” throughout his senior season, after he caught 10 interceptions.
His father, Duane Marrow, performed school soccer on the College of Wisconsin, and his uncle, Vince, was an all-conference tight finish and former assistant coach at Toledo. He spent six years with the Toledo soccer staff due to accidents, graduating with one diploma after which pursuing one other throughout his last season.
Marrow was a cornerback and security on the College of Toledo from 2006 to 2011. He graduated in 2010 with a level in communication. He performed in 9 video games as a real freshman, recording 19 tackles and two cross breakups, in 2006. In 2007, Marrow was injured and missed all the yr. He returned in 2008, beginning seven video games, earlier than he was once more injured. In 2009, Marrow missed his second full season.
He then returned for 2 remaining years, after being granted a fifth and sixth season of eligibility as a result of o his damage points. He was fourth on the Rockets in 2010 with 68 tackles and tied for the workforce lead with three interceptions. In his remaining season, in 2011, he helped Toledo win the Army Bowl.
three. Marrow Was Signed by the Houston Texans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers & the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos Throughout His Professional Profession That Started When He Went Undrafted in 2012
After his school soccer profession ended, Marrow was seen as a potential late spherical NFL draft decide, in accordance to the San Francisco Chronicle, which quoted Nationwide Soccer Publish’s Wes Bunting as saying, “Marrow is the type of big defensive back you are willing to take a chance on late because of his athletic and physical skill set. The guy is raw and is going to need time to clean up his technique, but has the size/speed/fluidity to intrigue.”
The Chronicle’s Eric Department wrote, “Think of Marrow as a poor man’s Chris Culliver, the 49ers’ third-round pick in last year’s draft who had a stellar rookie season. Like Culliver, Marrow has excellent size (6-2, 208), impressive measurables (4.49-second 40 yard dash, 35 ½-inch vertical jump) and could be changing positions in the NFL.” He was seen as a uncooked prospect who was hampered by accidents.
Marrow signed with the Houston Texans after going undrafted in 2012, however was launched through the pre-season.
Marrow was then picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however once more didn’t make the roster. He signed with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos in 2013, however was launched in 2014. He has additionally performed semi-pro soccer whereas beginning his private coaching profession.
Marrow hoped the Edmonton transfer would assist him get again to the NFL. “They wanted me to come play football,” he informed The Youngstown Vindicator in 2013. “I’m going to go over there for a yr and see what occurs. I couldn’t cross up the chance.
Marrow advised Bleacher Report in 2012 throughout a operating diary of his draft weekend expertise, “pretty much growing up all whole life I come from a football family. My uncles and my dad they all played football, so it was kind of expected of me.”
four. He Has Labored as a Private Coach & Opened in a Health club in Youngstown After His Soccer Profession Ended
Marrow has labored as a private coach and owned a health club within the years since his school and professional soccer careers ended, in accordance to his social media posts.
Marrow was interviewed by Sheen Journal in 2016 concerning the fitness center he opened in Youngstown, referred to as 3thirtyelite.
“I’ve spent pretty much my whole life being active. I was an athlete, playing football all the way to the NFL. So I have been working out and staying fit for a while now. I wanted to open a gym in Youngstown because I have a passion for the youth in our city and I wanted to give them something to believe in,” he informed the journal. “We offer classes like Yoga, Zumba, Pilates and Hip-Hop cardio. Our personal trainers cater to the client and focus on what they need and we try our best to help them on their journey.”
His Instagram additionally exhibits him serving to to practice professional soccer gamers, together with the CFL’s Cameron Worthy and Arizona Cardinals’ Terence Waugh, together with youth and highschool gamers, in current months at a coaching facility in Georgia.
Marrow began a GoFundMe marketing campaign referred to as “Justice for Des Marrow,” which has raised slightly below $2,500 in seven hours. He wrote on the fundraiser website, “I am raising money to help pay for my doctors bills and expenses and to help rebuild a facility to train the hundreds of kids I have lost becuase [sic] of this traumatic event.”
5. Activists Have Expressed Outrage Over the Video, Which Has Been Watched Hundreds of Occasions on Instagram & Fb
The video has additionally attracted the eye of activists and people who know Marrow. Shaun King wrote on Twitter, whereas sharing the video together with his followers, “He was cooperating. They then slammed him to the ground, knocked out his teeth, and began choking him until he passes out. This is former NFL player and personal trainer Desmond Marrow.”
Qasim Rashid wrote on Twitter, “This is police work? Or how slave catchers would beat down the enslaved? As he begs for mercy, Cops handcuff him, slam him to the car, then the ground, knock out his teeth, choke him—THEN ask ‘you ok?’😑”
Black Lives Matter of Higher Atlanta President Maejor Web page stated in a press release, “I am utterly disgusted in how HCPD handled this black man, this player did nothing that warranted him slammed, being man-handled and chocked out, especially while handcuffed. But this is why Colin Kaepernick first took a knee, and now to have a player saying this happened to her. We want the NFL to publicly speak out and denounce police brutality. BLMGA will aggressively and zealously defend our victim.”
Eric Prologo wrote on Twitter, “That’s my cousin his name is Desmond Marrow thank you for spreading the word this is crazy he worked real hard to get his own business going as a personal trainer and lost it all because of this bullsh*t they said his phone was a gun so now he has felony charges on him.”
John Eidemiller, who works on the College of Toledo, wrote on Twitter, “Des was one of my students at UT. Good guy. Was always very easy to get along with. I don’t know the circumstances of this incident, but it doesn’t seem like him. My heart goes out to him.”
Terence Waugh, a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, posted the video on his Instagram web page and wrote, “I am absolutely heart broken that this happened to a close friend of mine 💔 & on top of that it happened in the county that I grew up in & currently live in (Henry County). I’m tired of the police being able to do this to us without remorse or consequences . THIS HAS TO STOP ‼️ please keep sharing this video & tagging news media outlets until justice is served ! Im so sorry that this happened to you my brotha.”
The video of Marrow’s arrest has been seen greater than 45,000 occasions on Instagram because it was posted Thursday, April 26, about 2 p.m. He additionally posted the video on Fb, the place it has been seen greater than 18,000 occasions.
T. Greg Doucette, a North Carolina lawyer, wrote on Twitter, “In today’s criminal justice news, police in Henry County GA beat the sh*t out of former NFL player Desmond Morrow for the heinous crime of mobile phone possession. Slammed into a truck, faceplanted onto the asphalt, then choked until he blacks out. And it’s all on video.”
Doucette added, “To be fair, Georgia has been on some next-level sh*t with the police brutality for awhile. But damn. here will be a civil §1983 lawsuit filed in a year or two, for which there will be a sizable settlement paid for by Georgia taxpayers. And by the time that day comes, there will be dozens more stories just like this in the pipeline. You’ve got 3 grown ass men manhandling a guy who’s begging and literally crying out for some mercy. And they give less than no f*cks. I guess the fact they didn’t just kill him is progress.”
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