An overzealous police officer slammed a man with autism to the ground for trying to cross the road, it is claimed.
One horrified eyewitness said Officer Jacob Perkins mounted a ‘running tackle’ on Sergei Hall, 30, in Temple, Texas, on Wednesday evening.
Hall was thrown to the ground, left with scratches on his face – and then booked into the local jail for evading arrest.
Hall broke down in tears as he told KXXV: ‘I was just walking down the street with my music on, just doing my own thing, and then this officer just came out of no where, he just came, like I didn’t even see him, and he kind of spooked me.’
Perkins reportedly approached Hall as he stood on the corner of an intersection waiting to cross, and is said to have tackled the pedestrian when he tried to walk away.
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‘He kind of just threw me against the ground and my face, my face hit the ground hard like, my face smashed the ground.
‘I told the officer I wanted to go home, and that it wasn’t my fault, and he told me I had to go to jail last night…Nazi death camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust remembrance day
‘It makes me feel that I wish more people understood me.’
A Temple Police Department spokesman issued a statement saying Hall was tackled for walking in and out of traffic.
They were called to the scene by a driver who had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting him.
The spokesman said it was dark at the time, and that there was heavy traffic on the road, before claiming that Hall’s safety was their primary concern.
Hall’s family have now demanded the officer’s bodycam footage to see if his version of events matches up.