*Another black man has been seen in a video with a cop’s knee on his neck. That man is comedian Jay Pharoah who says it happened to him recently in Los Angeles.
Luckily for him, there is video footage of the incident recorded by a nearby security camera. On Friday (06-12-20), Pharoah shared the video on Instagram, saying “I could have easily been an Ahmaud Arbery or a George Floyd.”
Pharoah discussed the incident during an appearance on CBS’ “The Talk,” describing how he was stopped by four police officers with their guns drawn, as he was running on an L.A. sidewalk. He was told, he said, that he fit the description of a man they were seeking – “a black man with gray sweatpants and a gray shirt,” Pharoah said.
“I see a gun from my peripheral and I look and the officer is like, ‘Freeze – get on the ground,’ and I’m like ‘Oh snap’…” the comedian/actor recounted as he was ordered to drop to the ground and “spread your arms like an airplane.”
“Three more officers drove up … it’s hot, corona is definitely something to be worried about, the police officers didn’t have on gloves, they didn’t have on masks … When they put me in cuffs, after they were all on me, an officer put his knee on my neck.”
On his Instagram video that he created about the incident, he says he told the officers to Google his name and “you will see that you made a big mistake.” When the officers were notified that the suspect they were seeking had been apprehended, they apologized. Pharoah said he told them, “Get these f–king cuffs off me.”
The former “Saturday Night Live” star says the incident occurred in the Studio City area a week before news broke in late April of the February killing of Arbery in Georgia.
“I was just trying to exercise,” he told the hosts of “The Talk.” “It could have easily turned into another situation if I wasn’t who I am. And the point here is being black in America, is just that, being black in America. Other people can’t level with the same fears I have. Leaving the house, we should not have to fear going to the grocery store, going to get some gas, running down the street. It’s called human civility. That’s what it is. It’s about being a human.”
As of this posting, the LAPD had not responded to requests for comments.