MONROE, LA. (KTVE/KARD)– The City of Monroe has released officer body-camera footage of the final moments of David Harris’ life. Harris died in Monroe Police custody in April.
The incident begins when David Harris is stopped by a Monroe Police officer.
“Why are you walking down the middle of the road?” the officer said.
Harris’ child’s mother, who’s name we don’t know, is seen approaching officers, indicating that Harris is under the influence.
“We are going to figure out what’s going on,” the officer said.
“He’s high on PCP,” the woman said.
Harris is placed in handcuffs and an officer searched him, giving his belongings to Harris’ child’s mother.
The officer puts Harris into the police car without incident.
During the ride, there is little to no interaction between Harris and the officer. Harris is told he isn’t in any trouble, but he needs to get checked at Ochsner’s.
“We are going right down to Ochsner’s, get you some help, brother.” the officer said.
As they arrive at the hospital, Harris becomes noticeably agitated and yells for the officer to let him out.
The officer opens the door and notices Harris’ still-cuffed hands are no longer behind his back. Harris begins to yell for help.
As the officer struggles to get Harris out of the car, Harris bumps his head into the officer’s face, leaving the officer with a bloody nose.
Two officers come over to assist. Harris is warned before being tased twice.
The officers continue to struggle. Harris is tased two more times.
“Alright, screw the bed, we need to get his hands behind his back,” the officer said.
One of the officers pins Harris down with his knee on Harris’ back. Harris is tased again.
At this point in the video, a nurse also begins assisting officers to eventually restrain Harris.
Once re-cuffed, he hells officers he can’t breathe. Officers turn him on his side to help him.
The officer indicates Harris is injured on his elbow.
Harris is returned to the police car to be taken to Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of resisting and battery.
The officer tells the other officers to run the hobble, because Harris had already pulled his handcuffs through once before.
Harris and the officer have no interaction on the way to the OCC.
When they arrive, Harris is taken inside, but officers realize he is no longer conscious and begin doing CPR for some time before the ambulance arrives.
The District Attorney’s office announced it found ‘no criminal wrongdoing’ and declined to pursue any criminal charges against officers in connection to David Harris’ death. Mayor Friday Ellis has met with the family and expressed his condolences.
MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD)– On July 29, District Attorney Steve Tew announced the final results of the Northeast Louisiana’s Sheriff’s Investigative Unit’s investigation into the in-custody death of David Harris on April 3, 2021.
Today, KTVE/KARD gained access to the full body cam video from the Monroe Police Department.
To see this footage, click here.
At the time of his arrest, Mr. Harris was under the influence of PCP and Meth when officers encountered him and took him to the hospital to get him medical assistance. Upon arrival at the hospital, Mr. Harris was extremely combative and fought the officers excessively.
The findings of the autopsy report revealed that the cause of death was deemed to be from cardiopulmonary arrest following physical restraint, exertion and struggle with drive stun conductive electrical device in the setting of PCP and Meth intoxication, which was complicated by hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
The officers actions prior to Mr. Harris’s passing were deemed appropriate, with no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the officers, and no further action in this matter will be taken.
The office of District Attorney Tew has met with Mr. Harris’s family and expressed their condolences concerning his death and informed them of the results of the review.