New Orleans Pelicans Center Jason Hayes was charged with dozens of misdemeanors Monday, including domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, stemming from a dispute in July at his home in Woodland Hills, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Police used Taser to subdue Hayes, 21 years old, during the arrest. Hayes was charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with multiple counts of domestic violence, along with vandalism, trespassing, resisting arrest, and battery of a police officer.
A month after Hayes was arrested, Los Angeles police released camera footage of the confrontation. According to the video, a cousin of Hayes’ girlfriend phoned the police and told a dispatcher that the woman who had sent him a text message claimed Hayes “was loud and violent and she was scared.” and couldn’t call the police on their own.”
Police responded around 3 a.m. on July 28 in the 22000 block of Mariano Street, where body cam video showed Hayes and another man in front of the home.
Hayes told officers he and his girlfriend “just had a little argument. She threw some things at me.”
Officers repeatedly ordered Hayes to stay outside while they talked to the woman inside. He asked to know if they had orders to enter his house and they told him they didn’t need a warrant. “I’m not kicking you out of the house, man,” Hayes told the officers as the man who was outside with him repeatedly asked Hayes to relax.
Hayes was trying to get into his home when the officers started stopping him. As he continued to resist being handcuffed, the warnings warned that they would use a Taser on him.
Hayes told officers three times “I can’t breathe,” as one officer tied his knee near his neck. Another officer ordered the officer “Knees up” and the officer knelt in obedience.
Hayes was tied once to the chest and once to the buttocks, video shows, with handcuffs eventually applied and officers helping Hayes from the ground to a chair.
Prior to his arrest, Hayes was receiving medical treatment at the hospital for injuries sustained in the melee and was medically cleared for a reservation at Van Nuys Prison, police said.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he was released on $25,000.
A separate body cam video from a sergeant at the scene shows Hayes shoving an officer against a wall as the officer tries to handcuff him early in the melee. The officer is said to have injured his elbow and is being treated at the hospital.
According to the City Attorney’s Office, the arrangement has been adjourned until February 15.
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