Yet Another Unarmed Black Man Choked To Death By Police — This Time In Mississippi

Currently, there is an investigation into an altercation that took place between police officer Kevin Herrington and 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders in Stonewall, Mississippi. An altercation that ultimately took Sanders’ life as he was pulled to the ground around the neck with a flashlight, and not released even after saying, “I can’t breathe,” according to his attorney, Stewart Parish.

Sanders, a father of two, was out in his horse buggy, which according to his girlfriend Charita Kennedy, was equipped with proper lights, so he wasn’t violating any laws.

Attorney Parish said:

“We don’t know why he was going after Jonathan, we don’t know what the reason for stopping him was, we don’t know what led up to this incident.”

Police Chief Michael Street didn’t really offer anything more to say, as he said:

“We can’t really give out any particulars to it because it is an ongoing investigation. I can say that we’ve always had a good relation with the community, and we continue to do that.”

Street, unwilling to acknowledge choking likely lead to the death of Sanders, explained:

“At this point there’s no clarification whether choking is the actual cause of death until the autopsy is complete… At this time it would be premature for us to speculate on any of the events as they unfolded until all the witnesses have been interviewed. Law enforcement doesn’t have the luxury of speculating. We deal in facts and truth, and in this instant as in any other, that’s what we will do.”


“We just ask that the citizens allow that to take place, not to try to take anything out in the streets. Our door is open.”

Currently, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) has taken over the investigation as to what truly happened. Sanders’ body is now in Jackson for an autopsy.

As this death occurs, yet another in a sadly ever-increasing list, it is further evidence of police brutality across the nation. If people are breaking the law and you need to take them in — fine. However, the killing and brutality needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info