Schertz releases officers’ body, dash camera footage of Black teen’s arrest

Schertz officials released new police camera footage Wednesday that shows what happened before and after the arrest of a Black teen seen in a viral video that prompted accusations of excessive force.

Officials said they had wanted to release the footage of 18-year-old Zekee Rayford’s arrest earlier in the name of transparency. They were only able to release the videos Wednesday after receiving authorization from the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 2, Rayford allegedly ran a red light at about 11:45 p.m. on Schertz Parkway and did not pull over when signaled by Schertz police officers Frank Chavarria and Megan Fennesy, according to a police report.

Instead, Rayford drove to his home in the 1000 block of Keanna Place, where a security camera there provided the first video of his arrest. It has since been shared on social media and drew criticism from family, civil rights activists, and many others on how Schertz police handled the arrest.

In that video, Chavarria, Fennessy and officer Danielle Apgar are seen chasing Rayford to the front door of the home. The officers are seen kneeing Rayford and using a stun gun multiple times as he struggled and shouted for his father.

The new footage begins with the moment police began pursuing Rayford and beyond their encounter at the door of the home.

Among the things the new footage shows is Rayford’s parents’ anger as police prepare to examine the teen, as well as an exchange between Rayford and arresting officers.

Family members are also seen repeatedly explaining to officers — sometimes using choice words — that Rayford had his hands up and that they did not have to use a stun gun on him.

One family member could be seen holding Rayford’s father back as he repeatedly approached the officers in anger.

Schertz officer Jason Hanley explained that the officers used a stun gun on Rayford because he was “fleeing on foot,” and that Rayford had committed a felony by fleeing a police officer.

Down the street, more words are exchanged as Chavarria and Fennesy are preparing to have Rayford examined by medics. During the conversation, he begins to tell the officers they did not have to knee and use a stun gun on him calling the incident “unnecessary.”

Chavarria responded saying that they had to because Rayford should have stopped.

“Well, then why did she tackle me?” he asked, looking at Fenessey. “I was circled and already. …”

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