Black college swimmer on team trip had gun pointed at head by police

Jaylan Butler of Eastern Illinois University said officers threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect.

15.2.2020

A black college swimmer from Eastern Illinois University returning from team trip said several police officers handcuffed him, pointed a gun at his head and threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect.

Jaylan Butler of Eastern Illinois University said officers threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect.

Terms of Service Several officers forced Butler to the snowy ground as he was handcuffed, with one putting his knee on the student's back and another pressing on his neck. One of the officers squatted down in front of him, put a gun to his forehead and said,"If you keep moving, I'm going to blow your f------ head off," the suit says. Butler told NBC News in a phone interview on Friday that he initially thought everything was a big misunderstanding and tried to remain calm. After the officer threatened to shoot him, his"thought process shifted," he said. "I felt numb. I didn't really know what to expect," he explained. A coach traveling with the team got off the bus and told the officers that Butler was a member of the school's swim team. Even after officers realized that he was not the person they were looking for, they refused to let him go and put him in the back of a squad car, the suit says. "After several minutes of forcing Mr. Butler to lie down on the ground while handcuffed, Defendants allowed Mr. Butler to sit up. They did not, however, remove his handcuffs or inform him that he was free to go, even though they had already recognized that Mr. Butler was not the suspect for whom they were searching," the suit states. Eventually, the officers removed the handcuffs and asked Butler to get his ID from the bus. After he showed them his identification, they told him he was free to go. According to the lawsuit, Butler was never told why he was detained and arrested. It also alleges that officers never documented the stop that night. One of Jaylan's coaches asked if he would take a photo of a roadside sign for the team's social media account. Jaylan took the photo and began walking back to the bus. Courtesy ACLU The East Moline police chief, Jeff Ramsey, told NBC News on Friday that Staes has not faced disciplinary action, and declined to comment on who officers were looking for when they detained Butler. "This is a civil lawsuit that has been turned over to our city attorneys. The Police Department will not have any comment at this time," he said in a statement. The Hampton police chief, Terry Engle, directed questions to the department's legal counsel, who was not immediately available Friday. The Rock Island Sheriff's Office did not return a request for comment. Butler told NBC that he tried not to think about what happened to him, but it started to make him angry and fearful and began to affect him at school. "I've been OK," he said."In the past, when bad things happened to me I tried to see the good but this started to eat at me." The lawsuit says he started seeing a therapist. Butler had always known there was a possibility that he could be targeted by police because he is black and was taught by his father to comply with officers if that ever happened, the suit states. "Mr. Butler hoped he would never have to use his father's advice," the lawsuit says."His hope was shattered on February 24, 2019." He is seeking unspecified damages. Evan Sholudko, head swim coach for Eastern Illinois University, said in an email to NBC News that the team is supportive of Butler. Minyvonne Burke Read more: NBC News

That’s crazy. What’s wrong with the police department. Looked like whom? Damn blue klux klan . Damn Shame When you pray for lots of money to complete your degree and you are not sure how it'll happen.God works in mysterious ways,his wonders to perform So scary. Absolutely terrible. Another day at the office - for those cops - and, sadly for this young man! When will we learn to treat each other with respect first?

Damn! Fire these stupid officers Black people dont understand that to whites, you all look the same. It's not a racist thing- it's just really hard to tell you apart with your facial features & stuff. (Lips, jaw line, hair, etc.. His college education will be paid for with this lawsuit!! This is outrages the abuse this young man went through. Those officers need to be FIRED!!

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Mistakes happen. Longrev4 Sue for false imprisonment Returning from trip while black is a serious crime. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ This what hap when ur skin is a weapon Good! The sooner a real tragedy happens and the Pigs kill someone actually important, the sooner people will realize that Pigs Academies have more shades of f'up than Mr Grey!

NEVER told why he was being detained. Cops didn’t document the stop that night. The depts. won’t say who or why they were looking for someone. After his coach said he was a student and on the team they still left him cuffed. No discipline done to cops! BS Trump approved It happens. The suspect was out on early parole and was a dangerous SOB. Blame the parole board. Oh wait they are immune to retribution legal or otherwise. Judges too. Wow I guess there are a lot of people above the law.

Lord save us.

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Unforgivable WTF Fire every single one of them. Then sue them for all their worth. He deserves better than this. Black college student.. couldn’t they just say COLLEGE STUDENT.. why use the word BLACK? Never hear them say BROWN guy in reference to Hispanics.. The craziest thing about this is 'swimmer'...its sad but true

Hi,I am a ebook Cover Designer....Just check my Design below 👇 Oh no it was definitely just because he was black and could have been mistaken for a serious crime done by an also black male I live in moline . East molines my neighbor. Rock island county as a whole can't get it right to save their own lives .

Wow!

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they target you because you an educated black man and they wanted the bus your spirit and make you feel afraid cuz that's something that black people do all the time they trying to get rid of all the intelligent black people I keep telling y'all that s*** “A college swimmer, from Eastern Illinois University, returning from a team trip said several police officers handcuffed him, pointed a gun at his head and threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect.” There. I corrected it; 😊

I can’t stand all the stories with half information and half the truth. It just creates anger and doesn’t help anyone. If your going to report stories that divide us please respect us enough to report the whole story or just wait to report till you have it. Lawsuit this is very wrong,,indeed inhuman. Never be like those hiphop police..in fact the tweet should not include the term'black' NoRacismNoFascism .

And they ask why Colin kneels. WTAF Happens to white people too btw USA cops need drug tests they always like wild wolf's

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So sad... once again. A suspect in what crime? If they thought they were detaining a murderer, then I get it. Racism applauded by realDonaldTrump So you're saying the swimmer in question was not arrested, not charged with a crime, not framed for a crime, not harmed, and despite resembling a suspect, correctly identified.

Wait, I didn't know Bloomberg was in Illinois?🤔 Bloomberg approved method Good thing he didn’t move. Over zealous police! Skin color matters. Right? To be fearful in your own country. Shameful.

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Wow. He doesn’t look threatening at all. Again a black man being singled out because of the color of his skin! All because his skin color Thank Obummer for corrupt law enforcement!!!! He was such a great president🤢🤢 NBC only posts two topics: race baiting and trump Damn it...I'm sick to death of this happening!

Here we go again! Damn racism! Wow! glad the cops got that cleared. I need a, 'this pisses me off button.' Why can’t his school district get involved? They were responsible for his safety. This poor kids going be coming to terms with this for his entire life. You can’t say this country is free if this is possible.

Another day in America... Why do we constantly consider Law Enforcement our friend, when they have zero ability to carryout their jobs without the threat of violence When the law respects the people, all the people, then they might just get some respect..

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What idiots!!!!! 😳 utterly ridiculous He's hot. In North Korea cops often kill unarmed citizens on a regular basis and the other citizens do nothing because they are so brainwashed to summit without question... Oops sorry that's America. Not North Korea. This shit happens all the time here. ➕🔱🇺🇸 Keep in mind, it's NBC.

but Kaepernick supposed to be the bad guy. 🤔 This poor kid will be traumatized, shame on those officers. Terrifying. Being non-white in America is TERRIFYING. What is happening to us as humans 💔 What are we anymore 💔 This is insane. If we elect Bloomberg this will be so common it won't even hit the news. It already happens far to often. Lets not make it worse.

Political democratic pundits why aren’t you talking about this as aposed to bring down Bloomberg. The man who is trying to save America’s Ass RakeemShabazz thugs with a badge and a gun OMG That’s ridiculous But, please, let's hear more from SBANYPD and GLFOP about the war on cops. The war is in the other direction, as clearly demonstrated by these 'community heroes' in the Midwest.

That's disgusting. it's too easy for idiots to join LE. most ain't, but some are and some is too many 🤬🤬🤬🤬 Sue the breaks off the department Jim Crow is still in the house... Maybe he shouldn’t have looked like a criminal 🤷‍♂️

Driving while black? You had to point out he's black, because we don't understand from the picture? You are despicable I wonder how cops feel about concealed carry and the fact that there are enough guns out there for every human in the U.S. at every age. The Bloomberg treatment. This should not be happening!

Cops need to get a grip. They are can be assholes at time and this young man should NOT be treated this way. Stay strong I guess the have a time limit to adhere to...then it's oh wrong black guy...my bad. Yeah....sure it was a accident. They have a whole town and they pick the black swimmer from the school ...right...sure.

And they can’t understand taking a knee?!?!? 😡 To be black in this country is a crime

If he had any student loan debt, may that not be a problem after this. It be like that sometimes There they got. They gotta call him Black.. why not teen or athlete Gotta be more to the story...title highly inflammatory. Just comply huh? I hope he gets millions of $$$$ It might help to just keep posting these kinds of racist behaviors whenever they happen. It must stop.

Just sad! Hope he can overcome this incident. More bad cops. ACAB

Meanwhile, a white college swimmer: correction, a white college rapist, named Brock Turner, was never threatened, and got away with a slap on the wrist for raping an unconscious woman. Yes, white privilege is alive and well. And, as a white male, it's time to shelve it. Why does race always have to be the first thing everyone always points to?

r_enom 😡 They must have been like you’re charged with being cute and smart. doesn’t matter if they have the right guy or not. if the story is true, these cops literally tortured someone & need to be charged accordingly I’m sure they are very sorry. 🙄 I got a hundred dollars that say them police officers didnt have a suspect they were looking for.

It call being fair?! Or abuse? I hope he sues the shit out of the city and demand those cops be fired!!

I am tired of being sick and tired! Was he resisting ? I read the story, and unless I missed something, the kid should get paid, especially when the coach said he’s on team. just imagine if the coach didn’t say anything. Kid messed up for life now. 7 figures is about right.. They look the same Human1American2 :(

BLM ✊🏿 What is scary is that no matter how many times this type of story is condemned in the news and social media it hasn’t stopped the horrendous behavior, So they must be getting the go ahead from leadership in the police departments. And of course Trump. 🤬 Mr. Jim Crow is still renting rooms in some police stations across America.

I don’t even believe that there was a suspect. That ain’t right. 😡

😢 I wish we could get to a point in that race doesn’t play a factor 🙏🏾 As if this kind of behavior is ok if he was a suspect That's sad. It's happened to me. I was eventually let go. It happens This is profiling of the worst type of behavior by police. Ridiculous... Hope the young brother wins his lawsuit. Make them pay!

He is traumatized for life. No more apologies. JUST STOP! The Giles county sheriff deputies did that to me a few yrs ago with no reason at all. Explain Giles county read the record to the public, This is outrageous. I hope he wins and those officers get an attitude adjustment. Is it relevant to say that he is black? Was it a racial thing?

Only in America... POLICE REFORM MY BLKASS ONLY IN THE USA Swim team while black... Just sue. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 This has GOT to STOP!!!!! Mistake? This was deliberate due to the color of his skin. There was no mistake. All involved should be fired immediately There was no suspect Simple question. How many more of such incidents the public don't know about? Hmmmmmm! Ethics ClearTheAir



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