In Mississippi, mother of police chokehold victim demands justice
September 20, 2015
Witnesses say they heard Jonathan Sanders say, ‘I can’t breathe,’ twice before passing out
The suspicious deaths of unarmed black men have highlighted the tensions between police and black communities in cities across the country — including Staten Island in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri. Allegations of police violence are stirring fears in small towns as well. The officer-involved death of 39-year-old horse trainer Jonathan Sanders in Stonewall, Mississippi, a rural town named after a Confederate general, is under FBI investigation. Three witnesses claim the officer held Sanders in a chokehold for 20 minutes. In this America Tonight excerpt, Sarah Hoye travels to Stonewall, where Sanders’ death is stirring fears and a grieving mother is demanding justice.