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'You shouldn't be able to breathe, you stupid b*****d': Bodycam shows Tennessee cops pinning a handcuffed father-of-five to a jail floor moments before he suffocated to death

The newly emerged footage, which was obtained by WTVF , shows the officers struggling with Jennette and calling for back-up after he refused to get into a restraint chair in a Marshall County Jail

  • William Jennette, 48, died after being pinned to the ground by police and correctional officers while he was in custody in Lewisburg, Tennessee
  • The newly emerged footage, which was obtained by WTVF , shows the officers struggling with a handcuffed Jennette on May 6 last year
  • He had been jailed two days earlier for resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure
  • As he was wrestled to the ground, Jennette could be heard shouting: 'Help me, they're going to kill me' 
  • After Jennette said for the first time that he couldn't breathe, a female officer responded: 'You shouldn't be able to breathe, you stupid b*****d'
  • A medical examiner ruled that he died as a result of asphyxiation and the drugs that were in his system, including methamphetamine 
  • His death was ruled a homicide but a grand jury declined to charge any of the officers involved 

Surveillance and bodycam footage shows Tennessee police officers telling a jailed father-of-five that he 'shouldn't be able to breathe' as they restrained him just moments before he suffocated to death. 

William Jennette, 48, died after being pinned to the ground by police and correctional officers while he was in custody in Lewisburg, south of Nashville, on May 6 last year.  

The newly emerged footage, which was obtained by WTVF, shows the officers struggling with Jennette and calling for back-up after he refused to get into a restraint chair in a Marshall County Jail.

He had been jailed two days earlier for resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure. It's not clear if he has a prior record beyond what was his most recent arrest; DailyMail.com has requested records from the local police department.

The footage shows Jennette emerging from his cell and then struggling with the officers when they tried to put him in the chair. 

William Jennette, 48, died after being pinned to the ground by police and correctional officers while he was in custody in Lewisburg, south of Nashville, on May 6 last year

William Jennette, 48, died after being pinned to the ground by police and correctional officers while he was in custody in Lewisburg, south of Nashville, on May 6 last year

One officer could be seen shoving Jennette into a wall before other officers and police, who were in the area at the time, rushed to help.  

As he was wrestled to the ground, Jennette could be heard shouting: 'Help me, they're going to kill me.'

Multiple police and correctional officers held him down as Jennette screamed for them to get off him. 

Jennette had been jailed two days earlier for resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure

Jennette had been jailed two days earlier for resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure

'Stay down you stupid son of a b***h,' one officer said.  

'Go get leg restraints before you do anything else, go get leg restraints,' another officer could be heard saying.  

After Jennette said for the first time that he couldn't breathe, a female officer responded: 'You shouldn't be able to breathe, you stupid b*****d.'

The officers continued to hold Jennette down and could be seen bending his legs towards his back.

One officer then said they should be careful not to suffocate him.

'Easy, easy. Remember asphyxiation, guys,' the officer said.

Another responded: 'That's why I'm not on his lungs, to let him breathe.' 

The last thing Jennette said before his death was 'I'm good'. An officer responded, saying: 'No, you ain't good. You're going to lay right there for a f***ing minute.'   

A medical examiner ruled that he died as a result of asphyxiation and the drugs that were in his system, including methamphetamine.

His death was ruled a homicide but a grand jury declined to charge any of the officers involved. 

The footage shows Jennette emerging from his cell and then struggling with the officers when they tried to put him in the chair
One officer could be seen shoving Jennette into a wall before other officers and police, who were in the area at the time, rushed to help

The footage shows Jennette emerging from his cell and then struggling with the officers when they tried to put him in the chair. One officer could be seen shoving Jennette into a wall before other officers and police, who were in the area at the time, rushed to help

Multiple police and correctional officers held him down as Jennette screamed for them to get off him. 'Stay down you stupid son of a b***h,' one officer said

Multiple police and correctional officers held him down as Jennette screamed for them to get off him. 'Stay down you stupid son of a b***h,' one officer said

The newly emerged footage, which was obtained by WTVF , shows the officers struggling with Jennette and calling for back-up after he refused to get into a restraint chair in a Marshall County Jail

The newly emerged footage, which was obtained by WTVF , shows the officers struggling with Jennette and calling for back-up after he refused to get into a restraint chair in a Marshall County Jail

In the lead up to the ordeal, jail logs show that Jennette had been 'hallucinating' and 'detoxing' following his arrest two days prior.

He had been taken into custody for resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure.   

Jennette had been put in a restraint chair the day before he died because he had been hitting his head against his cell wall, the jail logs show. 

His daughter, Dominique Jennette, has since filed a lawsuit against the Lewisburg Police Department over his death and what happened in the aftermath

His daughter, Dominique Jennette, has since filed a lawsuit against the Lewisburg Police Department over his death and what happened in the aftermath

His daughter, Dominique Jennette, has since filed a lawsuit against the Lewisburg Police Department over his death and what happened in the aftermath.

The police department has not commented on the lawsuit or emergence of the video.  

The lawsuit alleges that officers did not realize he wasn't breathing for more than a minute. 

Instead of checking on Jennette, an officer asked a colleague if she was okay, according to the lawsuit. 

That officer then allegedly mocked Jennette, saying: 'I can't breathe'.  

His daughter claims that the footage, combined with the medical examiner's ruling, shows her father was unjustly killed. 

'They should have been more aware. They should have been trained properly and they weren't,' Dominique said. 

She said the footage was heartbreaking and showed how terrified her father was.  

'That's just something that really sticks with me, how scared he must have been and how alone he must have felt,' Jennette said. 

'That just breaks my heart because he was someone worth knowing.'

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Gargling salt water or sucking on a piece of hard treats or a throat Lean Drink tablet helps more seasoned children. They are gagging dangers, so get them far from more youthful youngsters.

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 21, 2021 at 11:04pm
I don't give a f***, he is white, they, the cops, do that to black people every week. Does this article think blacks will give a f***, when cops, the biggest gang in America do this to white people.
Comment by Mr.Ceenotes on May 21, 2021 at 10:38pm

The put him in restraints the day before because he was banging his head on the.wall?? So he can't kill himself, but they can kill him...???

Comment by mr1stroke on May 21, 2021 at 4:00pm

Like i always said those are insecure faggots dealing with anger from child hood struggling to come out the closet, those are animals, ill never respect cops, not even my own cousin, no one who is worthy of something great will become a cop these days, may be back in the days, beong a cop is a criminal who wants to commit crime under the law that protects criminals, damn faggots, who cares when they kill a cop, they are not human, just waste

Comment by Lu on May 21, 2021 at 2:07pm

Where the F@#$! am I suppose to feel remorse. When this s*** been happening to POC(People Of Color) for centuries. No F@$#!S given here. NOT ONE CARE IN THE WORLD FOR THIS CRACKER OR ANY ASIAN. Let them feel what they have been dishing out to us from the NATIVE AMERICANS and to the AFRICANS!!!

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