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NBA Player Jaxson Hayes Arrested Following Altercation With Cops In LA; Use Of Force Being Investigated
New Orleans Pelican player Jaxson Hayes and one Los Angeles Police Department officer were treated at a hospital following the NBA player's arrest during a domestic dispute call.
Police officers' use of force is being investigated after both an NBA player and a cop were injured during the athlete’s arrest in Los Angeles.
Jaxson Hayes, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, was arrested on Wednesday around 3 a.m. after the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a domestic dispute call at a home, ESPN reports.
The 21-year-old allegedly tried to enter the residence while several officers were blocking his path. The officers tried to arrest Hayes at that point but he broke free and allegedly pushed one of the officers into a wall.
"Officers utilized physical force to take Hayes down to the ground to overcome his resistance,” the LAPD press release states, according to NBC News. “Once on the ground, Hayes attempted to get up and continued resisting officers.”
From there, tasers were used.
"Officers utilized two deployments of the taser, as well as bodyweight and physical force during the altercation, which lasted for approximately two and a half minutes, before officers were able to handcuff Hayes,” the press release states.
The LAPD has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Both Hayes and one officer were treated at a local hospital and released. He was released after posting a $25,000 bail a few hours later, according to ESPN. He’s due back in court in January.
Police are investigating how force was used in the incident.
"As with all Department use of force, the incident was investigated by an uninvolved Department supervisor. During the investigation, it was requested that Force Investigation Division (FID) assess the incident due to the possibility of force being applied to Hayes' neck during the use of force," police said in their press release.
The entire incident was captured on bodycam.