Los Angeles Police Department Chief Orders Detectives to Use Force to Investigate NBA player Jackson Hayes arrested, accused by the LAPD of fighting with officers when he reacted to a suspected domestic violence incident at a Woodland Hills residence.
Chief Michelle Moore said during a police commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, that Kendra Hayes, 21, for the New Orleans Pelicans, was seen repeatedly trying to get inside on July 28 in police body-camera footage. Residence in the 22800 block of Mariano Street, where officers were trying to interview a victim.
Moore said the footage shows police ordering Hayes to stay outside and stop him from going inside.
As officers tried to arrest him, police have said, Hayes broke free and pushed an officer against a wall.
Officers pushed Hayes to the ground, police said, shot him with a stun gun and used his body weight to keep him restrained, with altercations about two and a half minutes before handcuffing the suspect.
The chief said during the arrest that Hayes was “complaining trouble breathing, saying he could not breathe.” He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Moore said he reviewed the incident and consulted with detectives from the department’s Forces Investigation Division. After Hayes was told he could not breathe, the chief ordered detectives to investigate the incident that the department refers to as “an apparent use of force”.
The incident was initially judged to be a non-hierarchical use of force.
The LAPD defines an explicit use of force as an incident “which involves the use of lethal force by LAPD officers, including officer-involved shootings, neck restraints, and blows to the head.”
Non-hierarchical uses of force include less-lethal projectiles, such as stun guns and bean bag shotguns, or physical force to subdue someone.
“The hierarchical use-of-force investigation is much more involved,” Moore said.
An internal LAPD disciplinary panel, as well as the Police Commission, are required to review explicit uses of force and decide whether officers have followed department policy. Failure to do so could result in being fired.
The department’s explicit use of force policy requires the LAPD to release footage of the arrest within 45 days of the incident.
The LAPD said it arrested Hayes on suspicion of resisting arrest. But he has not been charged yet. After leaving the hospital, Hayes was booked into Van Nuys Prison and later released on $50,000 bail.
Soon after the arrest, police said, “there was a woman at the location who refused to cooperate with officers’ investigation into the original domestic dispute call.”