Arrest Video of Lousiana Cop Killer Raises Concerns
We will get this out of the way now, this video does not raise concerns for us. The below video shows a group of Jefferson Parish Sheriffs taking Jerman Neveaux into custody, which now has people screaming police brutality. Its clear in the video these Officers are attempting to take a struggling Neveaux into custody, and it is unknown if he was armed during the arrest. We know trying to cuff a grown man who doesn’t want to go to jail requires a level of force that most will never understand. Some have even likened this arrest to Rodney King and want “independent doctors” to review the injuries sustained. Neveaux was taken to the hospital with facial injuries and an orbital fracture, treated, and released from the hospital in two days.
Deputy David F. Michel, Jr. was conducting a subject stop on Neveaux while wearing plain clothes. Michel attempted to search Neveaux and a struggle ensued leaving Michel shot. An eye witness reported that after Michel was initially shot he attempted to crawl away, Neveaux was then seen grabbing his hair and neck and firing two more rounds, effectively executing this hero. What we want to know is, where is the outrage about this cold blooded murder? Does this murder by a 19-year-old not raise concerns about the youth of our nation? Neveaux wasn’t concerned with this Deputy’s rights or the family he had, yet all the media can focus on are the injuries he sustained while being arrested.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has asked federal authorities to investigate whether his officers used excessive force in their arrest this week of the young man accused of fatally shooting Deputy David F. Michel Jr. — an inquiry prompted by a cellphone video that shows deputies repeatedly striking the 19-year-old as they wrestled him into custody.
Neveaux was taken into custody after a massive manhunt that involved a police helicopter and several law enforcement agencies. He was booked on first-degree murder, among other counts.
“It is clearly obvious that this was a cold-blooded murder,” Normand said.
The sheriff also said the five-shot revolver used in the killing “was in fact stolen,” and that text messages recovered from Neveaux’s phone show he had been plotting a robbery as recently as 24 hours before the shooting. “He was looking to come up with another gun,” Normand said. “He was looking to jack somebody up for some money and some additional weapons.”
While Neveaux’s family expressed concern about the level of force used during his arrest, others said the deputies’ actions appeared to be justified.
Joseph Giacalone, a former New York City police detective and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, reviewed the video at the request of The New Orleans Advocate and said he did not see any excessive force.
“You have somebody who’s clearly resisting arrest,” Giacalone said of Neveaux. “The general public doesn’t understand, when somebody doesn’t want to get handcuffed, it’s next to impossible to get somebody handcuffed unless you use some sort of physical force to do it. That’s exactly what was happening here.”
Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said Michel’s death “would not excuse misconduct” on the part of other deputies, who are trained to overcome their emotions. But he said the footage represented only a “partial depiction of what happened.”
“Just looking at that video you see someone being punched on the ground with several deputies around him,” said Goyeneche, a former prosecutor. “But what you don’t know from that video is whether the suspect still had his firearm. (The authorities) are going to have to go knock on some doors to see if there’s any witnesses who saw what happened and try to put the whole picture together.”
Normand has said Neveaux was “being recalcitrant” and refusing deputies’ commands when the punching and kicking took place. “We knew he was armed, and they were telling (him) to ‘Show us your hands,’ ” Normand said, adding that Neveaux later “attempted to remove himself from our custody.”
Once again we have the media trying to crucify the Police based on a short video. As we have seen from so many incidents in the past, one clip never tells the full story. Why isn’t the media concerned with how such a young man can commit such a horrific murder? Again, we don’t question what we have seen in the above video, the Deputies got a cop killer of the streets, and for that we are grateful.