Jay Pharoah Says LAPD Officer Knelt on His Neck, Shares Security Footage
"Saturday Night Live" alum Jay Pharoah shared an Instagram video on Friday showing security cameras from a Los Angeles Police Department official kneeling on his neck and handcuffing him earlier this year.
"I could easily have been an Ahmaud Arbery or a George Floyd," Pharoah said in the video.
Pharoah described the incident in detail, recalling that officials had spoken to him with guns drawn on the street while he was walking. "I don't think about it because I'm a law-abiding citizen," Pharoah said, recalling that he was unprepared for wearing noise-canceling headphones at the time. "I see him coming with blazing weapons. I see him say:" Get on the floor, raise your hands as if you were an airplane. "
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According to Pharoah and the timestamp on the video, the incident occurred on April 26 this year - a week before the video of Arbery's death was released.
The video shows four police officers approaching Pharoah on the street and leaving him with his arms outstretched above his head before a police officer kneels around his neck and handcuffs him. Pharoah said the officials had told him that he was the description of a man they were looking for in the area.
The comedian said he said to the officials, "Google, now Jay Pharoah, you'll see that you made a big mistake." He was released shortly after when the officers received a call informing them that he was not the suspect they were looking for.
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"I had never been handcuffed ... I only saw first-hand racism in America this year," he said that he and his sister were protected by his parents, who grew up in the suburbs. Pharoah pleaded with his followers to learn about their rights and "understand what the cops are saying to you. So if they try to do something about you ... we have the knowledge and the power to topple it."
"I am Jay Pharoah and I am a black man in America and my life is important," he says towards the end of the video. “Black life is always important. They are always important. "
LAPD officials did not immediately respond to a request from TheWrap for comment.
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