American comedian Jay Pharoah has stunned fans by releasing video of a Los Angeles police officer kneeling on his neck.
The former Saturday Night Live cast member reveals he was stopped by cops while jogging recently and one of the officers pinned him to the ground and placed his knee on his neck.
The security camera footage Pharoah posted on Friday is particularly hard hitting because it dropped less than three weeks after George Floyd was killed during a police arrest in Minnesota when a cop kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The police official, Derek Chauvin, has now been charged with murder and manslaughter.
Pharoah shared the video on Instagram stating: “I could have easily been an Ahmaud Arbery or a George Floyd.”
Arbery was shot and killed by a group of armed white men in Georgia in February (20), while out jogging.
The comedian will open up about his recent encounter with Los Angeles police officers during a taped appearance on U.S. show The Talk, which will air on Monday, explaining the four officers who detained him told him that he fit the description of a man they were seeking: “a black man with grey sweatpants and a grey shirt”.
In a clip from The Talk, obtained by Deadline, Pharoah said, “I see a gun from my peripheral and I look and the officer is like, ‘Freeze! Get on the ground!’ And I’m like, ‘Oh snap…'”
Pharoah said he was ordered to drop to the ground and “spread your arms like an airplane”.
“Three more officers drove up…,” he added. “It’s hot, corona is definitely something to be worried about; the police officers didn’t have on gloves, they didn’t have on masks… When they put me in cuffs, after they were all on me, an officer put his knee on my neck.”
The cops were notified that the suspect they were seeking had been apprehended and they apologised to Pharoah, who ordered them to “Get these f**king cuffs off me.”
The comic explained the incident occurred in late April (20), adding, “I was just trying to exercise. It could have easily turned into another situation… And the point here is being black in America, is just that – being black in America. Other people can’t level with the same fears I have. Leaving the house, we should not have to fear going to the grocery store, going to get some gas, running down the street.”