Canton Police Officer Kneels on Back of Black Man Who Later Dies, Body Camera Footage Shows

Frank Tyson, a Black man, died in police custody in Ohio after an officer knelt on his back. The incident raises questions about police use of force and the need for law enforcement reform.

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Canton Police Officer Kneels on Back of Black Man Who Later Dies, Body Camera Footage Shows

Canton Police Officer Kneels on Back of Black Man Who Later Dies, Body Camera Footage Shows

Frank Tyson, a 53-year-old Black man, died in police custody in Canton, Ohio on April 18, 2024, after an officer knelt on his back during an arrest. The Canton Police Department released 35-minute body camera footage showing the incident.

The video shows officers responding to a report of a one-vehicle crash and finding Tyson at a nearby AMVETS location. While attempting to take Tyson into custody, a struggle ensued inside the bar. One officer placed his knee on Tyson's upper back and neck area for about 30 seconds as Tyson repeatedly said, "I can't breathe." Approximately 90 seconds after the officer removed his knee, Tyson became unresponsive.

Officers checked Tyson's pulse and began chest compressions, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The two officers involved, Beau Schoenegge and Camden Burch, have been placed on paid administrative leave as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducts an independent inquiry into the case.

Why this matters: Tyson's death echoes the high-profile case of George Floyd, who died in 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. The incident raises further questions about the use of force by police, particularly against Black individuals, and the ongoing need for law enforcement reform and accountability.

Canton Mayor William V. Sherer II expressed his condolences to the Tyson family and pledged transparency as the investigation continues. "I want the family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time," Sherer said in a statement. The Stark County Coroner's Office has completed Tyson's autopsy, but the results have not yet been released.

Key Takeaways

  • Frank Tyson, 53, died in police custody in Canton, Ohio on April 18, 2024.
  • An officer knelt on Tyson's back during the arrest, and Tyson said "I can't breathe".
  • Tyson became unresponsive about 90 seconds after the officer removed his knee.
  • The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.
  • Tyson's death raises questions about police use of force, especially against Black individuals.