Video Shows Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy Repeatedly Slamming Black Woman to the Ground

Shantel Arnold was treated at a hospital after a violent encounter with a Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy, according to an A.C.L.U. official in Louisiana. / Credit…Kathleen Flynn

The video is short but harrowing. The camera lens quickly zooms past a car and focuses on the scene behind it: A sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana, who towers over a small Black woman, is slamming her onto the ground.

The woman is lying on her back, and the deputy is hunched over her. He is clenching her left wrist with one hand, and her left forearm with another, and hoisting her body off the ground.

He throws her back onto the ground. Down. Up. Down. Up.

“Someone record that,” a woman off camera can be heard saying.

It appears the deputy is holding her by her hair now. He kneels down, possibly on top of her, and the video cuts out.

It is unclear who took the video, which drew attention after it was posted last month on social media. The two people in the footage were identified as a member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Shantel Arnold, 34, by ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with WRKF and WWNO, and The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. Alanah Odoms, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, confirmed her identity and the details of her account.

Ms. Arnold told ProPublica that before the encounter she was walking home after having been attacked by three boys. That’s when the sheriff’s deputy pulled up in his cruiser and asked her to stop. His intent was unclear. When she didn’t, the deputy got out of his car and attacked her, Ms. Arnold’s stepfather, Lionel Gray, told ProPublica.

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