The death of a 48-year-old inmate who died inside Tennessee prison last year while police were holding him face to face was ruled as a murder charge by the Marshall County Medical Examiner.
The autopsy report lists the cause of William Jennette's death as an overdose of drugs, including methamphetamine, and asphyxia listed as the cause.
Jennette's daughter, Dominique, is accused in court of having her father suffocated while being held in her stomach as one police officer responded to her breathless cry, "You shouldn't be able to breathe."
Jennette's last-minute video in prison was released by Nashville TV's WTVF-TV on Thursday. It shows a group of officers, both black and white, holding Jennette, who was white, in a good position as she fights.
Jennette was handcuffed first, and then her legs were blocked by a suitcase. The police then wrapped his legs around his waist. When Jennette says she can't breathe, the female police officer responds, "You shouldn't be able to breathe" while calling her a talking person. A female police officer has been identified in the complaint as Kendra Burton's Deputy for the Marshall County Sheriff.
In October, Dominique Jennette sued Marshall County and the town of Lewisburg along with seven other officials involved in her father's death. He claims that they violated the constitutional rights of their father because they used excessive force and failed to protect him.
Police have denied any wrongdoing, indicating a court case. The officials also demanded that they be protected from being prosecuted for various crimes. They said they were working to protect themselves and other police officers.
A response from Marshall County after the indictment stated that the officers "did not use force without the need to obtain control while fighting, biting, kicking and fighting for arrest."
Lewisburg city officials said in a statement this week that "Mr Jennette's passing due to her imprisonment is unfortunate. We respect the right of Mr. Jennette's family to deal with her loss due to their public actions."
"We are confident that the justice system will provide a fair and just effect to all parties involved in court," the statement said.
Assistant District Attorney William Bottoms said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was looking into Jennette's death, and the case was brought before a senior judge, but they refused to blame anyone.
In the video, Jennette is seen talking to three officers at one point and pushing her across the hallway to the wall. Jennette begins to struggle, pressing the officers and holding them.
When one of the victims identified as Lewisburg Stallings police chief Christopher Stallings intervened, Jennette was heard shouting, “Help me! They will kill me! ”
Police found Jennette on the floor and began to interrupt her. Sometime after Jennette said she could not breathe, Stallings was heard in the video telling other police officers to "remember shortness of breath, boys."
“That's why I'm not in his lungs. Let him breathe, "added Stallings.
However, authorities continue to arrest him. He was detained for about three to four years, according to the complaint.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. “Mr. Stallings was concerned about Mr. Jennette, she researched, rolled over, and immediately started life-saving activities, ”Stallings responded to the complaint.
Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported Jennette to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The case alleges that the officers should have been trained on the dangers of keeping prisoners in the stomach for long periods of time. "The United States Department of Justice has warned law enforcement agencies for decades of the dangers of arrests," the complaint read.
Dominique Jennette seeks injury for pain and suffering as well as punitive injuries