VIDEO: Suspect Demands Officer Be Punished For Winning Fight With Him

Elonte McDowell's attorney said they plan to file a civil rights lawsuit against the City of DeKalb.

DeKalb, IL – An accused drug dealer has demanded that the DeKalb police officer who arrested him in August be held accountable for allegedly choking him while he was brawling with police (videos below).

“This is what, you know, some police officers do, and we have to put a stand on it,” Elonte McDowell told WLS.

McDowell was tased by police during the brawl, and complained that he is still recovering from the injuries the probes caused.

“If your officer or fellow mate is doing something that is incorrect, you need to be like, ‘Hey! You guys just tased him’ or ‘You’re choking him – stop that!’” he told WLS.

According to court documents, McDowell posted a photo of the marijuana he was selling on Snapchat, which resulted in police receiving a tip that he was in possession of a felony amount of marijuana, the Daily Chronicle reported.

DeKalb police pulled him over near the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Annie Glidden Road on Aug. 24 in connection with the drug intel.

The suspect pulled into the Lincoln Towers parking lot – an area where officers later confirmed he had been banned from since 2018, the Daily Chronicle reported.

McDowell told the officer that he didn’t have his driver’s license, dashcam footage showed.

Several minutes later, the officers asked McDowell to get out of his vehicle.

He repeatedly argued that he didn’t have to comply unless he was being arrested, and one of the officers told him that he could be charged with refusing to abide by a lawful order if he didn’t get out of the car.

McDowell and his female passenger eventually stepped out of the vehicle, and one of the officers told him that he was not legally allowed to be on Lincoln Towers property.

“That was a long time ago,” he argued. “Why you guys trying to give me a hard time?”

After establishing that McDowell didn’t live on the property and that he had just pulled in there because of the traffic stop, a K9 officer began searching around the suspect vehicle.

The K9 “alerted to the…presence of narcotics inside the vehicle,” one officer explained in the video.

McDowell attempted to step away from police back towards his vehicle, at which point police pulled him back and began taking him into custody.

The suspect again pulled away, and began screaming about not knowing why he was being detained.

He and the officers tumbled to the ground during the ensuing scuffle.

“I can’t breathe!” McDowell screamed repeatedly.

One of the officers deployed a Taser in an attempt to subdue the combative suspect.

A second video, recorded by McDowell’s girlfriend, showed the officers fighting to put handcuffs on him.

The alleged drug dealer went limp as police rolled him onto his stomach.

“You’re okay, big boy,” one of the officers told him. “It’s a nice fake, but…”

“He has a pulse, right?” McDowell’s girlfriend asked police. “Like, you guys can make sure he has a pulse? ‘Cause look at his face.”

One of the officers later told a fellow officer that he never placed his arm across McDowell’s throat during the brawl, despite the suspect acting as if he had passed out, dashcam footage showed.

The suspect later refused medical treatment, the Daily Chronicle reported.

Investigators found a bag containing over 28 grams of marijuana.

McDowell later confessed that the drugs were his, according to the Daily Chronicle.

The package also matched those that the suspect had posted to Snapchat, police said.

He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting a police officer, and criminal trespass.

McDowell later admitted that he should be held accountable for possessing marijuana, but argued that the officers should be held accountable for allegedly choking him, WLS reported.

According to Illinois law, chokeholds are defined as “applying any direct pressure to the throat, windpipe, or airway of another with the intent to reduce air or prevent the intake of air,” the Daily Chronicle reported.

The definition does not pertain to instances where contact is made with a suspect’s neck that does not reduce the intake of air.

Officers are only allowed to use true chokeholds in deadly force situations, the Daily Chronicle reported.

McDowell claimed that the officers used excessive force during his arrest.

“It’s not okay,” he told WLS. “It needs to get out there. It happened one too many times. This happens every day.”

The Illinois State Police is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.

The officer McDowell accused of choking him has been temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation, WLS reported.

McDowell’s attorney, Antonio Jeffrey, said he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city of DeKalb once the investigation is finished, the Daily Chronicle reported.

“I think the videos accurately depict what my client has been saying all along which is that, no, he didn’t attempt to flee,” Jeffrey told the paper. “He was cooperating the entire time.”

Jeffrey said that McDowell believes the officers who arrested him need to be “punished in some type of way.”

You can watch dashcam and cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with McDowell in the videos below:

Comments (122)
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johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Someone, likely his ambulance chaser red the New York Times to him! He had the act down good. If he was screaming, he was breathing fine!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Oh hell no!! These mofo's thugs now have this crap planned and rehearsed ahead of time just to make it look and sound good on camera. You mother f**king lying frauds!! Just looking for a damn ghetto lottery. And that ambulance chasing lawyer needs a serious case of karma!! Sorry piece of shit!!!

usac95
usac95

another badass set up against the police drug dealer and his bitch girlfriend right there with her apple to record for the lawsuit as always

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

The NAPA and his ALWH both need to go back to acting class.

Gunrnr
Gunrnr

Notice who posted the video of the tussle? None other than the artificial African American ~ Shaun King!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

That's a chokehold. Luckily a concerned citizen didn't run up and boot the officer in the face.

I hope the department is ready to settle this out or court.

JBo
JBo

Arm never across the throat. Looks good. @Gunrnr, that is interesting about the poster though.

Flutterby
Flutterby

Do any of those idiots understand that yelling "I can't breathe" is proof you CAN breathe? NO air, no sound. Simple. His yelling is proof that was not a choke hold, and he could get enough air. This pos is an idiot.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast
  • “I’m entitled to brawl with responding LEO’s”: No, you’re not.

  • “I’m entitled not to get my ass kicked when I exercise the above assumed entitlement”: No, you’re not.

  • “My stupidity is a virus that all viewers will automatically fall ill from”: No, it isn’t.

  • “You’re all big enough intellectual cowards to swallow this bullshit and ask for seconds”: No, were not.

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom

Annnd the Academy Award goes to the black drug dealer for his performance at passing out. As for his bs lawsuit... another ghetto rat 🐀 going for the ghetto lottery. 🤬

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

What a fucking PUSSY. If you couldn’t breath, your bitch ass wouldn’t be talking. And by yelling you can’t breath it just makes you tired.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

MUDSHARK.

Ethananddrewsnana
Ethananddrewsnana

I truly believe that these attorneys nowadays who file these stupid lawsuits, really need to be put in a room in rubber walls so they can get their heads up out of their butts. That police officer did not have him in a Chokehold as a video shows, he only had is arm that touch the top of his shoulders and chest. But you know it's got to be about money and really being upset because you broke the law and you didn't get away with it. Boo hoo hoo another loser hopefully off the streets. Good job officers.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

World's gone "bass-ackwards"!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

The easy way around this is don’t break the law to begin with.

maxx1676
maxx1676

They say racism is learned, and that is true. As a child I would never think of being racist to any minority. But as I matured and saw the violence of blacks against innocent people who had nothing to do with whatever blacks picked as a trigger. Now I just don't have any use for them. I do not want to live near them...and do not want to associate with them. It's a part of their "culture". Loud, brash behavior totally lacking in self- control...In a word,,,, "uncivilized". Acknowledging the problem often results in being called racist.... "for pointing out reality".

The express
The express

English what happen to English?

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

He refused medical attention because there would be proof he wasn't choked and able to breathe. He doesn't have a case.

mat562
mat562

Unless the subject has an abnormal physiology with a trachea running through his pectoral muscle, that looked fine to me. Certainly much more acceptable as a hold than selling large quantities of drugs on the streets are as behaviour. Full marks to the lawyer involved, too, for some award winning flannel. How people like him sleep at night is beyond me.

We9erfam
We9erfam

I didnt see all of this video it only shows the Sgt with a rear naked choke hold see the entire video not just the Police part come on now.

mike wauters
mike wauters

The ugly white woman, "I love my drug dealer so much. I love my drug dealer so much".

MKD23
MKD23

“It’s not ok, it needs to get out there”. Haha. How about what you “needs to get out there” is...”hey kids don’t act like me. What I did was wrong and I should have complied”? Oh, and “I’m sorry I lied, I wasn’t choked”. As for the girlfriend, honey the first sign of a drug dealer is using a white girl as a decoy.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Nowhere close to a chokehold, and these asshats who seem to think they are experts on EVERYTHING can't get it through their heads. If you can talk you can breathe. I'm no genius like them but I sure as hell know this. Maybe they should ask their Dr the next time they see them. But they probably know better than any Dr. I'd be happy to demonstrate a proper chokehold so they can see the difference if they want.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Every Turd has his day! Are regular non-law enforcement citizens as tired of this crap as we are? Time to voice your opinions also!! When a cop tells you to do something, it is NOT open for discussion.

61mouse
61mouse

I'm just amazed that the K9 was quiet, usually their barking their heads off.

JMK2244
JMK2244

He needs an added charge of being a felony pansie. Good grief.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Little MF'er got just what he deserved -- !! I seen the Footage his head was turned there was NO choke hold never went across the front of his neck -- another little P*ssy trying to win Ghetto Lottery !!

flybynight
flybynight

Did his face turn blue? Nevermind, I strike the question. /s

TwiztidRich
TwiztidRich

Just doing what they do best. Acting a fool. Not doing as instructed. Defying authority. Thinking that laws do not apply to them. Playing the "Getto Lottery".

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Don’t like his chances!

angel lover
angel lover

O MG! Start video at the wrong time retard Start at the beginning. Blue Lives Matter Too! They Need to Protect themselves to do as they say there are NO PROBLEMS! your NOT on the floor UNLESS You RESIST!

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again shocked

DNW
DNW

Closer inspction of the incident will likely reveal this as a false allegation. A shame for everyone when people 'cry wolf' like this, not least of all victims of authentic brutality.