Camden Cops say Black Man Slipped, Fell & Broke his Own Neck: Lawyer Demands Release of Complete Video of Incident
From [HERE] A spokesman for Camden County issued the following statement on Ingram's allegations Friday night: "Today's theatrics were put on by a lawyer who know's she cannot win in the court of law so she is trying to manipulate public perception of this incident. The undeniable facts are that the officers were lawfully pursuing a suspect who was running away from them after attempting to hide a stolen gun. While running from the officers, Mr. Ingram fell causing his injuries. The undeniable facts are that the officers did not tackle Mr. Ingram, nor was any excessive force used when pursuing or arresting him. Because of Mr. Imgram's injury, the department asked the Camden County Prosecutor's Office to investigate the incident, and the prosecutor's office has already indicated that the evidence shows there was no misconduct by the officers. What occurred is an unfortunate accident that would have been prevented had Mr. Ingram not resisted arrest by running from officers."
The attorney representing a Black man claiming his neck was snapped under the feet of officers during a June 12 arrest is demanding the immediate release of the "full version" of police video footage documenting the incident.
Attorney Beth Baldinger, representing 21-year-old Camden resident Xavier Ingram, filed a lawsuit in September against the city and county of Camden, as well as the Camden County Police Department and several officers alleging police brutality resulting in paralysis. During a press conference in Camden Friday morning, she stated the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which has been investigating the incident, has failed to respond to her requests to release the full video, or to give an update on their investigation.
"On the portion of the video we have, we see Ingram is on the ground during the arrest, lifeless and limp," said Baldinger. "He told officers, 'I can't feel my legs,' after they stomped on the back of his neck. Ingram actually heard his neck break, and felt excruciating pain."
The attorney said she expects the rest of the video to refute the official police statement of the events, which is that officers stabilized Ingram and alerted EMTs. Baldinger said she has eyewitness testimony claiming officers instead "forcibly moved" Ingram after the arrest, and later sat him up while "his head and neck dangled."