The Mississippi County NAACP is asking for an investigation after police officers pulled a black man from his car before Tasering and pepper spraying him for playing music too loud, WREG is reporting.
Patrick Newbern has been charged with a violation of the city noise ordinance, fleeing by vehicle and resisting arrest after police attempted to cite him in a convenience store parking lot on Easter morning.
In video captured by a Blytheville police officer’s body camera, the officer accosts Newbern in the parking lot, then instructs him to stay put while he writes up a citation.
Newbern begins to drive out of the parking lot, but stops at which point an officer can be heard saying, “Get his ass out of the car.”
As he explains to the officers that his brakes don’t work, they begin pulling him from the car without allowing him to unbuckle his seat belt.
He is immediately thrown to the ground as one officer is seen pressing a Taser into his back. As he screams in agony, another officer pepper sprays him before he is held face down where he can be heard yelling “I can’t see!”
During the struggle, Newbern can also be heard saying, ‘I ain’t resisting, bro!” — a cry repeated by a crowd that soon surrounds the arrest as additional officers hold out pepper spray cans and instruct people to stay back.
According to Newbern, the police never gave him a chance to get out of the car.
“When you ask me to get out the car, you open up the door snatching me out the car without letting me get out my seat belt,” Newbern said. “How can I get out the car in my seat belt?”
He added, “I see another Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin situation if you ask me.”
Police say that Newbern was resisting arrest and reached for the officer’s weapon.
Tony Hollis, president of the Mississippi County Chapter of the NAACP, said he was disgusted by what he saw in the video, stating, “As soon as I saw the video, it made me sick to my stomach.”
Hollis has called for a rally and demanded the officer be disciplined.
A spokesperson for the Blytheville Police Department was expected to make a statement on Monday.
Watch the video below from WREG as well as the raw body camera video: