A black man named Byron Lee Williams was stopped by Las Vegas police on Sept 6th after riding his bicycle without a safety light or reflectors, KTNV reported.
When Williams was handcuffed on the ground he alerted the police that he couldn’t breathe. Less than an hour later, he was dead.
Clark County Asst. Sheriff Charles Hank held a press conference Monday, recounting the details of Williams’ arrest. The incident unfolded just before 6 a.m. when a pair of patrol officers encountered the Nevada man riding his bike near MLK Boulevard and Bonanza Road. It was dark and William’s bike wasn’t equipped with a safety light, authorities said.
When police tried to stop him, the man quickly pedaled away, eventually ditching his bike and running on foot. Officers gave chase.
Police eventually caught up with Williams, who had scaled two walls before surrendering in the courtyard of a nearby apartment complex.
“Get on the ground!” an officer shouts, according to bodycam footage of the pursuit. “Get on the ground!”
The suspect complies, lying on the ground with one arm behind his back. As he’s being cuffed, Williams repeatedly tells officers he can’t breathe, to which one of the cops responds: “Yeah, ’cause you’re f—–g tired of running.”
The officers, audibly winded themselves, were helping Williams’ to the patrol car when he appeared to lose consciousness, but was still moving and “making noises.” The police called for medics, who arrived about 15 minutes later to treat Williams before rushing him to a nearby hospital. Officers’ body cameras were turned off by this time.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital, just 56 minutes after officers had first encountered him, Hank told reporters Monday. Byron Lee Wiliams was 50-years-old.