Armando Frank was killed in October of 2017 in an altercation with a police officer. New video footage shows that Frank did not resist arrest, and when he asked the approaching officers to see a warrant, the video shows them tackling him to the ground and putting him in a chokehold. By the time they got his body to the police car, Frank was dead.
You can watch an analysis on the video here:
The Root reports:
The Advocate has obtained police body camera footage of the death of Armando Frank. In the footage, Avoyelles Parish Sherriff’s Deputies confront Frank while he is atop a tractor near the Marksville, La., Walmart and inform him that they have a warrant for his arrest.
The warrant, according to the Sherrif’s office, was for simple criminal trespassing and attempted unauthorized entry into a dwelling. The charges stemmed from a dispute with his neighbors, according to the Advocate.
In the footage, Frank does not attack the officers. He does not make any sudden moves. Instead, he refuses to dismount from the tractor and demands that the deputies, identified as Brandon Spillman and Alexander Daniel, show him a copy of the arrest warrant. The officers tell him that they do not have the warrant in their possession but that he will see it at the Sherriff’s office.
“Step off of the tractor,” one deputy demands, to which Frank replies: “Show me the warrant.”
Deputy Stillman then climbs on the tractor, grabs Frank from behind and places him a chokehold.
We don’t know yet if the video footage changes the officer’s case at all yet.