NBA Player Jaxson Hayes Charged with Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest

The New Orleans Pelicans center has been charged with a dozen misdemeanor counts including domestic violence and resisting arrest in L.A.

New Orleans center Jaxson Hayes has been charged with a dozen misdemeanor counts including domestic violence, resisting arrest, and battery against a police officer in connection with a July incident at his Woodland Hills home in which officers choked him and struck him with a Taser.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office charged 21-year-old Hayes Monday with five counts of abusing a spouse or cohabitant, one count of resisting arrest, one count of battery against an LAPD officer, three counts of vandalism, and one count of trespassing, stemming from the July dispute.

Police responded about 3 a.m. to Hayes’ Woodland Hills home after his girlfriend’s cousin called 911 and said that Hayes was “getting loud and violent” and that his significant other was scared.

When officers arrived, Hayes told them that he and his girlfriend “were just having a little argument,” but the situation was settled, according to a video of the incident released last year by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The officers told Hayes to remain outside while they spoke to his girlfriend, but he demanded to see a search warrant and continued to ask why he couldn’t go inside.

As the dispute escalated, Hayes is shown trying to get into his house as officers attempt to restrain him. He then spun around and pushed an officer against the wall. The officer suffered an unspecified elbow injury and was treated at a hospital, authorities said.

Officers then tackled Hayes to the ground and one officer began kneeling on his neck. Hayes repeated the words, “I can’t breathe,” at least three times before the officer got up, the video shows. Another officer hit him in the chest with a Taser.

Hayes was treated at a hospital for injuries he sustained during the altercation before being booked at a local jail. He was released on a $25,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The video immediately sparked outrage as activists critical of the LAPD accused officers of violating Hayes’ rights to enter his house and then using excessive force to detain him. Officers are prohibited from blocking or restricting a person’s airway while trying to subdue them, the Los Angeles Times reports.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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