Keenan Anderson: Black Lives Matter founder's cousin dies after police arrest

Keenan Anderson: Black Lives Matter founder's cousin dies after police arrest

A cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors died hours after he was repeatedly Tasered and restrained in the street by Los Angeles police.

Keenan Anderson, 31, a teacher and father, died at a hospital in Santa Monica.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have released body camera footage of the 3 January encounter.

It shows Mr Anderson begging for help as officers hold him down.

At one point he can be heard saying, "They're trying to George Floyd me!" - a reference to the May 2020 murder of a black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a policeman.

A cause of death for Mr Anderson - who lived in the Washington DC area and was visiting Los Angeles - has not been officially determined.

The footage adds to pressure on the LAPD, whose encounters with black and brown men have resulted in three deaths in under a week.

Takar Smith, 45, and Oscar Sanchez, 35, were both shot dead by officers at the start of January.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called the incidents "deeply disturbing". The police department said it was investigating the three men's deaths.

The police who Tasered Mr Anderson were called to wed calls from activists for police reform, some of whom believe gun-carrying police should not be deployed to traffic accidents.

Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder and Mr Anderson's cousin, told the Guardian: "My cousin was asking for help, and he didn't receive it.


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