Security camera video shows black teenager being kicked and tased by Texas cops on his own doorstep as he yells for his dad to help him after he refused to pull over for the officers
- Zekee Rayford, 18, failed to stop for police and drove back to his Schertz home
- He held his arms up but then ran to the door to ask his father to help him
- Zekee was tackled to the ground, kicked multiple times and tased by officers
- The teenager had less than two ounces of marijuana and has been charged
- But the officers’ actions have caused an outcry and they are under investigation
Distressing footage of a black teenager being chased, kicked and tased by cops while he screamed for his father has been released by police.
Zekee Rayford, 18, ran a red light in Schertz, Texas, on November 2 and refused to pull over when signaled by officers Frank Chavarria and Megan Fennesy, according to their report.
He instead headed home where a security camera shows police arresting him on his doorstep.
Distressing bodycam footage shows 18-year-old Zekee Rayford being chased and tased by Texas police officers
Zekee had initially held up his arms with his back to the officers before he ran to the door to knock for his father to help him.
But there he was tackled by the officers to the ground before he was handcuffed, kicked, tased and taken into custody.
Footage shows police grabbing him by the neck and forcing him to the ground as they told him to ‘stop resisting’.
While he is still being held down, one officer tasers him as he continues to scream for his father’s help.
Zekee had initially held up his arms with his back to the officers before he ran to the door to knock for his father to help him
Footage shows police grabbing him by the neck and forcing him to the ground as they told him to ‘stop resisting’
One of the police officers arresting him is then seen kicking him multiple times while he is being tased and struggling on the ground.
Zekee’s father then opens the door and was clearly upset, asking the officers why they had used the stun gun.
He also asks why they are using such force as his son’s hands were clearly behind his back.
But Chavarria said: ‘You better relax, or you’re going to get it next. I promise you, you will.’
One of the police officers arresting him is then seen kicking him multiple times while he is being tased and struggling on the ground
Bodycam footage then shows police walking away with Zekee in handcuffs towards their patrol car.
Zekee was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest by foot, resisting arrest and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
The video has caused an outcry over the actions of the police, and Schertz Mayor Ralph Gutierrez said he fully understands the concerns.
He said: ‘The city of Schertz is an inclusive community and one that celebrates all of our residents.
Zekee’s father then opens the door and was clearly upset, asking the officers why they had used the stun gun
‘Throughout every situation, the city is deeply committed to doing what’s right, and at this time, the right thing to do is be as transparent as we can, which is why we are releasing this footage.’
The three officers have been temporarily reassigned while the investigation into the arrest continues.
The Rayford family’s attorney Daryl Washington said the officers’s actions were ‘unjustifiable’ and they did not try to deescalate the situation.
Zekee was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest by foot, resisting arrest and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana
But the officers’ attorneys said their actions were reasonable after the teenager had unlawfully fled.
Chavarria’s attorney Robert M. McCabe said Rayford was on bail at the time of the arrest on pending charges of marijuana delivery, evading arrest and organized criminal activity.
He said: ‘The false narrative that he was too afraid of the police to stop his vehicle is absurd.
‘And his current attempts at strong-arming the city to discipline the arresting officers, write a check and dismiss his myriad of criminal cases is revolting.’