Authorities have placed Deputy Marlin on administrative leave as they investigate a disturbing video, which shows him straddling a teen for minutes during an arrest.
Kaufman County authorities’ investigation is centered around a viral video of the white officer laying on top of the Black teen, CBS reported. On July 27, officers responded to a welfare check call for 18-year-old Nekia Trigg, who was crying and walking barefoot in the street.
Police have released two 911 calls they received about individuals in the area. One caller reported, “There’s a lady—young lady—African American lady—that is walking in the middle of the street.”
Another caller was also concerned and told the operator that the teen threw herself on the road in what appeared to be a possible suicide attempt.
Deputy Marlin arrived at the home and started to ask the teen about her wellbeing. His bodycam footage also picked up him asking, “What’s wrong?, How come you’re crying?” and “Why are you here?”
When he told her about the calls that came in, she denied them by saying she wasn’t jumping in front of cars. As the two begin walking, he grabbed her arm, causing her to fear for her life, ReVolt TV reported.
“I don’t want you to hurt me,“ she told Marlin, who warned that he would have to handcuff her if she continued to pull away from him. He was also heard trying to calm Trigg and saying he had no intentions to hurt her. But she thought otherwise.
Shortly after, he tried to place her in handcuffs, and his body cam fell off.
Trigg’s family came to the scene and saw the deputy straddling and restraining her. They immediately started recording.
Antanique Ray, the teen’s mother, can be heard begging for him to let her child go.
As Marlin and other deputies escorted the young girl to the patrol car, Ray allegedly punched Marlin in the face. She was also arrested but later released on bond.
Trigg was taken to a mental health facility and evaluated. Marlin was placed on administrative leave pending the results of the ongoing investigation.