Newly released audio captures the chaotic arrest of former NFL player Chad Wheeler after he allegedly choked his girlfriend unconscious in Washington state last month.
The body cam footage—obtained by TMZ Sports—shows Kent Police officers arriving outside the apartment of Alleah Taylor on the night of Jan. 22 after receiving a harrowing 911 call from Taylor, who said that she believed she was “gonna die” after being viciously attacked by Wheeler.
Officers can hear shouts coming from the apartment and quickly kick down the door before the video feed goes black. Police redacted the visual footage for legal reasons, but the ensuing audio captures Wheeler’s chilling take down after police break into a bathroom to find both Taylor and Wheeler inside.
“Put your f---ing hands behind your back,” one officer can be heard shouting.
Wheeler initially seems as though he might be cooperative, telling the officers “I’m sorry guys” but then begins to struggle with the multiple officers trying to take him into custody.
In a police report obtained by Oxygen.com, one officer later described the frenetic struggle to subdue the 310-pound offensive lineman in the cramped bathroom as somewhat of a wrestling match.
“As the three of us (with a combined weight of about 700 pounds) were on top of Chad, I could feel him lifting his body up like he was pushing up to get away,” the officer wrote. “Chad, who's massive size took up the whole length and width of the bathroom floor was able to lift his body about three to six inches temporarily with what appeared to [be] little effort from him. Chad was continually tensing up and not complying with verbal commands.”
Police can be heard in the audio instructing Wheeler to roll over and put his hands behind his back.
“If you don’t comply with us you are going to get hurt,” one officer can be heard saying.
Wheeler—who at one point says to officers, “Please don’t shoot me”—continues to resist throughout the six-minute body cam footage. He also can be heard shouting to Taylor.
“Please, I love you,” he said at one point. “Alleah. Alleah. Alleah, please. I swear, I’ll stop. I swear. I love you. You’re my soul mate.”
“Quit resisting dude,” an officer replies as he continues to shout to his girlfriend.
Officers warn Wheeler that he is “going to get f---ing tased” if he doesn’t “knock this s--t off right f---ing now” before the sound of a Taser can be heard going off in the background.
According to the police reports, the Taser had little to no effect on the massive former NFL player.
“You are going to get the f--- knocked out of you, so knock it the f--- off,” one officer can be heard telling him.
Near the end of the audio, Wheeler finally appears to calm down.
“I am sorry, I’ll do whatever you want,” he said.
An officer responds, “Then quit f---ing fighting.” Another tells Wheeler he is being arrested and will be transported out of the apartment.
Wheeler—who was let go by the Seattle Seahawks shortly after the incident—is now facing charges of first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest for the Jan.22 incident. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges earlier this month as Taylor looked on in court, according to CNN.
She later spoke out about the harrowing ordeal to “CBS This Morning”, saying that Wheeler began to attack her after she refused to bow to him.
“He just told me to bow down again. And I told him no. And he immediately grabbed my neck. And that’s when things began,” she told the news outlet.
She said Wheeler choked her until she lost consciousness twice. When she regained consciousness, he was standing near the bed drinking a smoothie. He seemed surprised she survived the attack, telling her “Wow, you’re, you’re still alive,” she said.
Taylor said she ran to the bathroom, where she locked herself in and called police.
Shortly after his arrest, Wheeler offered a vague apology on now-deleted messages on Twitter saying he had been having a “manic episode” related to his bipolar disorder.
“I apologize profusely for the turmoil that I have caused to my family, teammates, fans and those closest to me,” he wrote. “The most important thing right now is that (the victim) gets the care she needs and I get help. Both are happening.”
Taylor told “CBS This Morning” that she hopes her ex will receive jail time for the alleged attack.
“I definitely do think that he should,” she said.
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