DALLAS — After finally watching the footage of Joseph Hutcheson’s death, his family is in disbelief. The surveillance video revealed what happened after he ran into the Dallas County Sheriff’s building, reportedly looking for help.
“The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department acted like this was the world wrestling federation,” his brother James Hutcheson said.
In the video, a deputy appears to wrestle Hutcheson to the floor before other officers join in to restrain him.
“He got a knee to the neck, his body started to turn,” Rev. Jeff Hood of Hope for Peace and Justice said. “He got a knee to his throat and he died.”
The Dallas County medical examiner ruled Hutcheson’s death a homicide.
“Nothing my brother did deserved his throat to get crushed and for him to lay there on that floor and suffocate,” James Hutcheson said.
The medical examiner also reported that Hutcheson died of cocaine and meth combined with hypertensive cardiovascular disease and physiological stress.
The family is now demanding the deputy who put his knee to Hutcheson’s neck to be fired. They also want a Department of Justice investigation.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department says its investigation is still underway, leaving a lot of unanswered questions for Joseph Hutcheson’s family.