VIDEO: SRO Loses Job After Placing Student In Apparent Choke Hold

Holly Matkin

Camden Police Officer Jake Perry was working as an SRO when the incident occurred.

Camden, AR – A Camden Police Department (CDP) school resource officer is without a job after cell phone footage showed him subduing a student by holding him around the neck and lifting him off of the ground (video below).

In a statement, Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody said that the incident occurred at Camden Fairview High School sometime before 9 a.m. on Monday.

Chief Woody identified the officer involved in the altercation as CPD School Resource Officer Jake Perry.

Video footage showed Officer Perry as he held a juvenile male from behind with his arms wrapped around the teen’s neck.

He pressed the teen against a wall and raised the boy’s feet off of the ground momentarily as onlookers screamed at the officer in the background.

Officer Perry appeared to be speaking into the teen’s ear just before he set him back onto his feet, the video showed.

The officer kept one arm around the suspect’s head as he calmly led him away.

“I feared for my life,” Dekyrion Ellis later told KTVE. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I blacked out. I really didn’t see anything until he took me back to the office.”

Ellis said that the incident occurred after he and another student got into an argument.

“He [the student] hit me. I pushed him. Then he pushed me and I pushed him harder to where he fell on the ground,” he told KTVE. “That’s when the kids started grabbing me and him.”

Ellis said that Officer Perry yanked the other kids off of him then “started choking” him.

“He could’ve taken me to the office,” the teen declared. “He didn’t have to restrain me. It wasn’t like I was trying to get away from him. I wasn’t resisting arrest.”

The video did not show what transpired prior to Officer Perry raising the teen up off of the ground.

Ellis was taken to the hospital by his family, KTVE reported.

He suffered scratches to his arm and said he was in pain, but an x-ray of his neck showed no injuries.

Ellis’ mother, Alonna Parker, said that Officer Perry’s actions were inexcusable.

“My son couldn’t even breathe,” Parker told KTVE. “It was just really uncalled for.”

His grandmother, Delondra Ellis, said she believes Officer Perry enjoyed using physical force against the teen.

“It was totally unnecessary for him to use that excessive force on my grandson,” she declared. “The look he had on his face to me looked like he was proud of what he was doing.”

“He should have put his hands behind his back,” added Ellis’s grandfather, Mark Ellis. “That would’ve been the appropriate way to handle the situation.”

Chief Woody said he viewed the footage and that Officer Perry was “relieved of duty pending an investigation” on Monday.

“As the Police Chief, I will not tolerate misconduct from my officer and this matter will be dealt with accordingly and I will be transparent in doing so,” he noted at the time.

He said that Officer Perry had been working for the CPD for over two years, and that he is a lifelong member of the community, KTVE reported.

“I’ve never had an incident with him,” Chief Woody said. “He’s well received in the community. He’s lived here all of his life and never had an incident like this.”

Camden Fairview Superintendent Fred Lilly also released a statement shortly after the altercation.

Camden Fairview School District (CFSD) will fully cooperate with the CPD's investigation,” Lilly said, according to KHTV. “In order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, CFSD will work with the CPD to ensure that current policies and procedures for all SROs stationed at CFSD schools are reviewed and revised if necessary. CFSD's first priority is, and will continue to be, to provide an excellent education to all of our students in a safe environment."

The internal investigation wrapped up on Thursday, the CPD said in a press release.

“After the findings of the investigation, it was determined that Jake Perry did violate department policy and he is no longer employed with the Camden Police Department,” the agency said.

The statement did not say whether Officer Perry had been fired or if he resigned.

The incident has also spurred a review of the CPD’s training, policies and assignments.

You can watch cell phone footage of the incident in the video below:

Comments (129)
flybynight
flybynight

Should have just shot the junior hood rat. He wouldn't have been in much more trouble and one less hood rat to deal with.

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Marxest
Marxest

Yeah, kill that kid the same way they killed that six year old white girl in South Carolina, one less little white girl to deal with. Lol

flybynight
flybynight

A real marxest would be living in Cuba or some other crap hole like that but you're like your cousin's on here..........all talk.

Quasar704
Quasar704

There should be no apostrophe in “cousins” pig

flybynight
flybynight

I've seen it either way, but whatever floats you boat crazy.

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

Are you saying the police killed the little girl? Or that the hood rats did? That’s comparing apples to oranges you idiot. These punks fighting in school is just a sign of where they’re headed. If they can’t control their anger, and talk their way out of a situation, they’ll just what?? pull out a weapon and kill whomever pisses them off?
Or when they get the shit beat out of themselves then they play the blame game, let’s sue!
Now because another officer did his job, he’s the bad guy? A bunch of hypocrites you are people... sad, sad situation

Quasar704
Quasar704

Well.... I’m sure you have “seen it either way” because one is possessive and one is plural you fucking buffoon.

flybynight
flybynight

It's Google you silly hood rat.

Quasar704
Quasar704

“Google”? You had to google the word “cousins”??? 😂😂😂😂😭😭😭😭😭😭 bless your heart

flybynight
flybynight

Try it and see what it says. Just for fun. Put your fake intellectual ego aside, for just a minute. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣. Damn, I did it again!!!!! Those things are addictive.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Boy are you really like mentally impaired or something?! If you don’t understand the difference between “cousins” and “cousin’s” I don’t know what else to say to you.

So I suppose you’d be astounded to find out that “cousins’” is also a word... But in the context you used the word there is no apostrophe. The apostrophe symbolizes “possession”... Like “my cousin’s car”. The way you meant to use it would be the PLURAL form which is “cousins”.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

He didn't black out. If he had, his body would have gone limp. Sounds like a lead up to hiring an attorney for the lawsuit you know his family will file. My parents would have told me to not engage in fisticuffs if I didn't want to be handled by the police. I suppose that's the difference in upbringing.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If I were this abusing cop, I'd leave the area immediately before someone decides to seek retribution for choking a child. It'd be a shame if something happened to any of his family.

Viking24
Viking24

Complete ghetto lottery!
It never ends

Bwheat
Bwheat

I would have like to have read the officer's side of the story, but that is lacking here. Clearly the student is not passing out, but it IS a choke hold and appears to be used as a warning gesture. We also don't know what the officer whispered in his ear. Obviously, momma and grandma are going to spin their view for the teen. You cannot use this style of law enforcement anymore, especially in the Northeast US.

Pack
Pack

Where’s the footage of the lead up? How does someone decide if it was justified or necessary without seeing what preceded it?

Robert Kahlcke
Robert Kahlcke

Was that college in Central America or was it when you were in nursery school ?

RandyJ
RandyJ

I see nothing wrong.

Tharros
Tharros

Dont break rules.
Mommy and Gramma gonna stick up for you breaking rules and having consequences all your life?
Face the truth people.
If you break a rule/law? There are outcomes that will be unpleasant.
That he is a minor? Makes this lesson all the more valuable.

firedogg95
firedogg95

whatever grandma and momma! Your son is a thug and he got schooled by the po-po! Deal with it. Ellis - your a whiner, you could breath just fine.... CPD i guess progressive discipline doesnt apply here! Another disgusting display of how the thugs and parents of thugs run the police department. Heaven forbid the police department stick up for their officers!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

cops-kid
cops-kid

It might have been excessive if his head popped off... I just don’t see a problem

Raymelson
Raymelson

There's not enough evidence shown here to make a fair argument on either side

Gramercy
Gramercy

No "child"who is involved in a high school "fist fight" is "non resisting!" They are wired to do the worst damage in the least amount of time to person and property..that is the mentality of the fight!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Of course the video didn't show what led up to this. Looks like a politically correct over-reaction by the school.

DarrellB
DarrellB

We SHOULD NOT have SRO's. The lefties perverting our education system have forced discipline to the realm of the Police. Our job is LAW enforcement, and handling CRIMINAL acts.
Schools, if you want someone to handle your discipline cases, then man up and return the schools to the way they were run in the 1960's to 1980's and start holding the parents directly and FINANCIALLY responsible for THEIR little monsters!

NO SRO's !

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

If the parents has properly PARENTED both kids this wouldn't have happened. In history, when I was in school we didn't have nor need cops in the schools. The teacher or principal would have taken both kids to the office where they would be paddled or suspended. I do however wonder if pepper spray or taser was available to the cop, and if the kid was out of control that they were not used. Generally grabbing someone out of control and using the impact of a wall to stun them generally works fairly well I found.

LAW169
LAW169

Cop should have kicked the kids butt.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

As usual the full recording isn't shown. I'd like for once to see the whole video that lead up to the Cop having to restrain the student. Depending on the situation a choke hold may have been his only choice to get the situation under control.

Judgesson
Judgesson

I smell a ghetto lottery

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

‘The video did not show what transpired prior to Officer Perry raising the teen up off of the ground’. Yup

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Sorry, I graduated college. I believe that makes me overqualified to be a cop." Actually, thanks to affirmative action, you only needed the IQ of a monkey to graduate. Care for a banana?

@Hi_estComnDenomn

zipper22
zipper22

We need to send OJ into the schools to show what being a pussy can get you! Freaking dopes!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I remember when I went to school, there were no need for cops to be working there in the first place. Kids in large part had respect for Law Enforcement, Teachers, Parents and adults in general, minus a few of course.

It says something about society that there is a need for armed law enforcement officers to be present at many schools countrywide.


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