Jaxson Hayes arrest video surfaces amid excessive force investigation

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By , Audacy Sports

Details have emerged from the arrest of Pelicans backup center Jaxson Hayes late last month.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it was investigating potential use of excessive force by the responding officers who tased and detained Hayes last week while responding to an alleged domestic disturbance call.

Hayes, 21, filed a complaint over the disturbing incident, alleging that pressure was applied to his neck, causing him difficulty breathing, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Meanwhile video obtained by TMZ Sports showed about 35 seconds of Hayes' confrontation with police.

The clip begins with the former Texas Longhorns star already on the ground, with three responding officers attempting to restrain him, and one of them eventually using his taser on Hayes' chest twice.

Toward the end of the video, additional officers are seen rushing to the scene of the incident, which unfolds on a front porch at an LA-area home, with one of them apparently bowling over the camera operator.

Hayes and at least one officer were treated for minor injuries at a hospital after the incident, according to TMZ. Hayes was charged with resisting arrest and posted a $25,000 bond, the outlet said.

Details of the alleged domestic disturbance, which prompted the arrival of the police in the first place, remain unclear.

The LAPD on Tuesday said body cam footage shows Hayes trying to enter the premises despite orders from the responding officers to remain outside while they speak with another party inside the house. Hayes then pushed an officer against a wall when they tried to place his hands behind his back, the police statement said.

The Pelicans acknowledged the arrest last week, and said they were gathering more information before commenting further.

Hayes, the 8th overall pick in 2019, has seen limited action in his first two years in the league, averaging 16.5 minutes per game, but has been productive in those opportunities, averaging 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds on 65% shooting from the floor.

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