Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullor’s cousin died hours after Los Angeles police repeatedly used a Taser on him and restrained him in the middle of the street following a traffic accident, according to body-camera footage released by authorities.
Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old high school teacher and father visiting from Washington, D.C., is among a recent series of separate encounters that ended with individuals passing away with encounters of L.A. officers.
Footage of incident from the Jan. 3 event took place in Venice, Calif., as camera surveillance “shows Anderson being detained by multiple officers as he begs for his life shortly after a traffic collision. Body-cam footage shows an officer appearing to have his elbow on Anderson’s neck as he is detained in the middle of the road.”
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“They’re trying to George Floyd me!” he shouted, according to the video, referring to the Minneapolis man who was murdered by then-police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020. “They’re trying to George Floyd me!”
Then an officer is shown using his Taser on Anderson twice, According to ABC News, it included "one stretch that lasted about 30 seconds uninterrupted."
Anderson was handcuffed and taken into custody, driven by an ambulance to a near-by hospital. Upon his arrival, he was declared dead after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a police news release.
Cullors told The Washington Post that she’s “joining community residents and activists in calling for the resignation of Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and for the officers to be held accountable for their actions,” She continued to express that it was tough hearing her cousin’s reference to George Floyd before his own passing.
L.A.’s Coroner’s Office is still investigating Anderson’s death and has not yet ruled on its cause and manner.