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Who was William Jennette?
William Jennette is an incarcerated father of five who died after being immobilized by police and corrections officers while in custody in Lewisburg, south of Nashville, on May 6 last year. Surveillance and body camera footage shows Tennessee police officers telling him that he “shouldn’t be able to breathe” as they restrained him moments before he suffocated to death.
A disturbing video of William’s last moments in police custody has been posted, showing him repeatedly gasping “I can’t breathe” seconds before he died.
How old was William Jennette?
William Jennette was 48 years old at the time of his death.
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William Jennette, who had been incarcerated in the Marshall County Jail in Lewisburg, Tennessee, died last May after an intense fight with several officers, who yelled insults at him while restraining him. Jennette’s death was declared a homicide, local news outlet NewsChannel 5 reported.
The coroner concluded that the cause of death was a cocktail of drugs and suffocation as a “contributing cause of death.”
A grand jury decided not to press criminal charges against the officers, the outlet reported.
But Jennette’s daughter, Dominique, has filed a lawsuit against the county, city and various officials, according to NewsChannel 5.
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Jennette had been detained two days earlier after being charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication and indecent exposure, the channel reported. On May 6, jail staff asked the police for help in placing Jennette in a restraint chair; Jail records say he had been “hallucinating” and “detoxifying,” the channel reported. He had also been in a restraint chair the day before, as he had hit his head against the wall, according to the outlet.
Part of the scene is shown in graphic images obtained by the channel, in its report on its investigation into Jennette’s death:
The images document a fight in which officers threw him to the ground and fought for his arms and legs in an effort to immobilize him.
“Oh it hurts,” Jennette said as they handcuffed him. Pinned face down to the ground by several officers and struggling, he tried to roll onto his side.
“Stay down, you stupid son of a bitch …” an officer yelled. Jennette asked to be allowed in and an officer asked to have her legs restrained.
“Stubborn little b —– d,” one officer yelled, as they put him in a “hogtie” position. Then, he repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe.
According to NewsChannel 5, an officer responded, “You shouldn’t be able to breathe, stupid p …”.
It is unclear from the audio whether she said “should” or not. “The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this point.
Death of William Jennette
With officers and staff still pinned down on Jennette, one officer reminded the others to be careful not to obstruct Jennette’s breathing.
“That’s why I’m not in his lungs. Let him breathe,” another officer replied. Jennette, who no longer has problems, can be heard saying, “I’m fine.”
“No, you’re not good. You’re going to stay there for a damn minute,” an officer replied.
Jennette died in the next few seconds.
Dominique Jennette, the daughter who is filing the lawsuit, told NewsChannel 5: “It feels like my heart is constantly being ripped from my chest, and that has no peace.” She says the officers involved weren’t adequately trained for the situation. Seth Stoughton, an associate professor of law at the University of South Carolina, told the outlet that officers had done “the exact opposite” of what longtime police training guides advise.
“When the handcuffs were on, they should have turned the guy to their side,” he said.