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TPD Releases Body Camera Footage from Saturday Night Incident

“It does not appear from the body-worn cameras that his head hit the concrete ground at all,” Revell said on Monday, in defense of the officer who used a technique that Department policy forbids.

// March 28, 2022,

4:55 pm

Updated:April 21, 2022

Body worn camera video shows the moment that TPD Officer Shawn Wright takedowns a young man, March 2022 | Tallahassee Police Department
Body worn camera video shows the moment that TPD Officer Shawn Wright takedowns a young man, March 2022 | Tallahassee Police Department
Body worn camera video shows the moment that TPD Officer Shawn Wright takedowns a young man, March 2022 | Tallahassee Police Department

The Tallahassee Police Officer Shawn Wright has been placed on administrative leave following the release of a video Saturday night. The video, which circulated on social media, shows the Wright beginning to handcuff the man before lifting him up and dropping him head first on the pavement.

Late Saturday night, a video emerged of an arrest in progress between a young man and the Tallahassee Police Department in the All Saints Neighborhood

The video shows a male TPD officer picking up a young man, flipping him over on his side and dropping him on his hands head first on the pavement.

Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell commented to the Tallahassee Democrat about the video on Monday.

“It does not appear from the body-worn cameras that his head hit the concrete ground at all,” Revell said to the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday.

Chief Lawrence Revell at Tallahassee City Commission Meeting
TPD Chief of Police Lawrence Revell watches before he takes questions after his controversial paid speaking engagement at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, November 2021 | OurTallahassee.com

A Law Enforcement source confirmed to Our Tallahassee Monday that the maneuver performed by Wright is against department policy and not an approved ‘take down’ method.

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