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Jarred Tipton: Officer Said ‘I Don’t Care’ to Black Man Who Said He Couldn’t Breathe

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Jarred Tipton has been identified as the officer who said “I don’t care” to Derrick Scott, a 42-year-old black man who died in Oklahoma City police custody in May 2019 after saying he couldn’t breathe. Tipton and two other officers, Ashley Copeland and Sergeant Jennifer Titus, restrained Scott after responding to a disturbance call, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Newly released body camera videos are gaining attention in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The footage shows Scott putting his hands up, then running from the officers. He was found to be armed with a handgun, the Washington Post reported. Officers restrained him, at some points kneeling on his back, for around 13 minutes, the Post reported.

At one point, Scott can be heard in the video saying, “I can’t breathe! Please! Help me! I can’t breathe.” Tipton replies to Scott, “I don’t care.”

Scott eventually became unresponsive, The Washington Post reported, and a paramedic administered medical care at the scene. Scott was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died due to a collapsed lung. His autopsy cited other contributing health factors: physical restraint, recent methamphetamine use, asthma, bullous emphysema and atherosclerotic heart disease.

The new footage of Scott’s arrest was released on Monday night, as Oklahoma City police officials responded to one of the demands by Black Lives Matter protesters, according to KOCO 5. There are four separate videos, which you can watch here.

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Tipton Has Been an Oklahoma City Police Officer for 6 Years

Police release video of May 2019 arrestOklahoma City Police release video from the May 2019 arrest of Derrick Ollie Scott who died shortly after his arrest. The release of the video met one of the demands from Black Lives Matter OKC.2020-06-09T06:12:06Z

According to a 2018 memo by the city of Oklahoma City, Tipton, 30, has been an officer for the city for six years. He was featured in a report by The Oklahoman in 2019 titled, “A good deed, a bad day, and a shootout with police.”

In the video, Tipton said, “I don’t care” when Scott said he couldn’t breathe. Another officer said, “You can breathe just fine.”

Minutes later, one of the female officers said, “He’s acting like he’s unresponsive.” It took several more minutes for the officers to reposition Scott’s body and take all weight off of his back, videos show.

Scott’s death in 2019, all of the officers on the scene were cleared of any wrongdoing, including Tipton. Authorities in Oklahoma City maintain today that none of the officers did anything wrong.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater told the Associated Press, “This guy runs from the police. He’s got a 90% occluded major artery in his heart. I mean, he’s just a perfect candidate to die when you’ve got meth in your system and those kinds of physical ailments and then you fight with police. [The officers] didn’t do anything wrong at all.”


Tipton Appears on the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Facebook Page Occasionally

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Oklahoma City Police Department FacebookTipton attends a neighborhood watch patrol fundraiser in 2016.

Though Tipton doesn’t appear to have a public social media presence, he appears occasionally in the Facebook photos for the Oklahoma City Police Department’s account. The above photo was posted on May 22, 2016.

The caption reads, “Tonight, Southwest Division 2 Shift Officers J. Tipton and D. Garrett along with Police Community Relations MSgt. Loruse attended the Westbury neighborhood watch patrol fundraiser. The neighborhood is raising money for equipment to start their neighborhood watch.”

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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