- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A police officer who described being put into a chokehold by a protester earlier this month says he nearly passed out and considered shooting the man as they struggled on the pavement.

The Greenville News reports (https://grnol.co/2aaxF3H ) Officer Joshua Pratt said in the report he was trying to arrest the Black Lives Matter protester during an attempted shutdown of Interstate 385 on July 9.

Pratt said he was thrown to the ground and felt pressure around his throat. the Greenville Police Department’s use-of-force policy considers chokeholds lethal force.

The officer said he weighed shooting the man but realized two other officers were also involved in the scuffle and could have been hit too.

Police have charged 23-year-old Dexter Scarborough with attempted murder and other charges.


Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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