Time after time, it seems, that American awaken to another glaring example of the literal contradictions to what we are taught our country is all about.
Former NFL defensive back Desmond Marrow was undrafted out of Toledo but was given a shot by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. That was the last time he suited up. He may or may not have an opinion on police brutality in America. In an age of varying political ideologies, it would be a be presumptuous to assume that he had an opinion one way or the other despite being African American. However, there’s no doubt in my mind as to whether or not he has an opinion on the matter now.
According to 11Alive News, the former athlete feared for his life as he was slammed to the ground by three Henry County (GA) Police officers while shouting “I’m not even doing nothing! I’m not even fighting back!” The police officers were white but even a black cop can still be anti-black.
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Marrow was reportedly threatened with a taser, handcuffed then pushed against a truck before being slammed down. Another officer can be seen with his hands around Marrow’s throat while he was on the ground. He can be heard reciting the chilling plea once only associated with Eric Garner that quickly became a rallying cry; “I can’ t breathe”
Marrow went limp not long afterward uttering those words.
In a Facebook post, he later explained that the officers tried to say he had a gun in his pocket, but it was only a cell phone. Stephon Clark was recently killed by Sacramento Police officers who mistook a cell phone for a gun.
He said that 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.
In a separate interview, Marrow revealed how terrifying the incident was.
I was fully cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I thought I was going to die. I was sure I was passing out or dying.
What this scenario is how similar it is to two other incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by aggressive police officers. Through sheer serendipity he is alive. Sadly, had he succumbed to this gross assault on his personhood, there would be little or no repercussions for the officers involved.