TMZ: Jaxson Hayes Tased by Police in Arrest Video; LAPD investigating Excessive Force

AP Foto/Tyler Kaufman, archivoVideo footage of Jaxson Hayes, a New Orleans Pelicans center, was released Wednesday. It showed Hayes being tased and questioned by police.Hayes appears to be on the ground while being surrounded by three officers. One of them seems to tase Hayes in the chest. Two cops roll over Hayes, handcuffing him, and police then approach the person filming and turn off the video.According to TMZ Sports Hayes was taken into custody in Los Angeles in the early hours on July 28th and charged with resisting arrest. Michael Moore, Chief of Los Angeles Police Department, later stated that the LAPD would be investigating whether Hayes was subject to excessive force.TMZ Sports noted that the footage shows Hayes on the ground but not before.According to the LAPD, Hayes was the original aggressor."Body-worn video showed Hayes repeatedly trying to enter the residence, despite being stopped by officers and given verbal orders to stay outside."Officers asked for a backup, and they tried to place Hayes’ hands behind his back. However, Hayes managed to break free from the officers' grasp and push one of them into a wall."Hayes claimed that during an altercation with police, pressure had been applied to his neck, and he was having trouble breathing. This led to the excessive force investigation.According to the Associated Press police received a call about a possible domestic violence situation in the early hours of July 28, according to the Associated Press. According to police, Hayes tried repeatedly to enter a house after being asked not to.Police said that a woman refused to cooperate in an investigation into possible domestic violence involving Hayes.According to TMZ Sports Hayes was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released on $25,000 bond.Hayes, 21 years old, was the No. Hayes, 21, was the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Texas. He has already spent his first two NBA seasons playing for the Pelicans.In 60 games, the 6'11" tall big man averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.3 rebounds last season for the Pels.