Man Selling Bottled Water without License Placed in Chokehold (UPDATED)

Carlos Miller

Las Vegas police arrested a man for selling bottled water without a license as witnesses recorded.

A man selling cold bottled water to thirsty tourists on a triple-digit summer day in Las Vegas was placed in a chokehold by Las Vegas police who apparently were cracking down on unlicensed street vendors.

"I can't breathe" the man wheezes as one cop tightens the chokehold around his neck. But the cop only tells him to "quit resisting."

"Saying he is resisting won't make him be resisting," says a witness as the cops continues repeating the mindless phrase.

"We're watching you."

The man does not resist throughout the video but the cops continue to tell him not to resist.

"You're the only one that committed a crime," another witness tells the cops.

The video was posted to Facebook Friday with the following description:

This video is someone I know. Jimmy Williams was exercising his right to support himself and/or his family. He was selling water in Las Vegas on a hot day. Do you still think you are free? Do you still think Police are your friends? This is what promoters, water sellers, smut peddlers etc go through everyday on the Las Vegas Strip trying to make a living and trying to put smiles on peoples faces. You have the right to pursue happiness. Whatever that is do it as long as ye harm no one. The police are nothing but a domestic terrorist organization. More people need to wake up. Its not easy. Waking up is hard to do especially when you have been indoctrinated. Rebirth is relearning what you have been taught. Life is not butterflies and crayons. Its not going to be pretty. Its going to a long lonely road but I for one would rather die standing up than to comply. Tis better to burn out than it is to fade cause rust never sleeps.

"They need to train these guys," one woman exclaims but the video shows they are doing exactly as they are trained. From the chokehold to the knee on the back, they are only trained in how to control people whether they need to be controlled or not.

The video ends with the handcuffed man laying face down in a puddle of water from his own cooler yelling out his phone number to notify his friends or family that he has been arrested.

​UPDATE: Fox 5 News reported on Monday that the incident actually took place in 2013 but it resurfaced after it was posted on Facebook last week.

After the video resurfaced, the original poster on Facebook updated the caption to note it happened in 2013.

Las Vegas police on Monday said the video was fully investigated by internal affairs and the investigation "showed no policy violations occurred."

Police also said the man in the video filed a lawsuit against the department and the lawsuit was dismissed by the courts.

"Please note per Clark County Code 6.04.130 it is illegal to sell any merchandise, goods, items, wares or services on any portion of a public right-of-way. The officers involved in this incident were conducting a lawful investigation of an individual selling items on a portion of a public right-of way," the department wrote in the emailed statement.

Police did not release the man's name.

Comments (52)
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Xander_troy
Xander_troy

Pigs like this got my police sgt uncle shot.
Anyone who sees this, you have a legal, and moral, right to shoot any pig using excessive or deadly force in the victims defense.
What they do for a living is irrelevant when it comes to defending yourself or others. If you witness someone attempting murder like this shoot them.

Breezynite
Breezynite

OK ..yes the Cops over reacted but we did not see what led up to this. I also understand that a licence is needed. Maybe the man said that he was not going to move off the pedestrian bridge. Maybe he threw a few swings. I need more to make a decision.

Blind Justice
Blind Justice

It may have been a crime to sell water but it is also a crime to wear a badge and excessively force someone who's not resisting to put their hands behind their back. BobTbone let's see if you can get choked out and comply at the same time. I doubt you can... Very seriously! He couldn't breathe. Those were criminals with badges that deserve no respect at all. And I hope their justice comes quick and fast. They don't need to be policing at all!

BobTbone
BobTbone

The man was engaged in illegal activities. He still wanted to resist by not putting his hands behind his back. The first part of the video is conveniently missing

Oxner
Oxner

The police obviously went to far, unfortunately they were correct in stopping this man. There's a reason for permits. Would you buy food at a restaurant that had no permit from the Health department? This is to protect the people from being poisoned or drugged in some way. I'm sure the man meant well and I hope the police are reprimanded for how they treated a civilian. But laws are laws and we either follow them or change them.

Carolyn
Carolyn

This case needs to be reopened for investigation for excessive force and lieing on report hope he sued

KDudley
KDudley

Allowing the Police to investigate The Police is like having the wolf guard the sheep

Justice is no more
Justice is no more

They don’t even read the Miranda rights to black people anymore. They abuse and kill. That just shows how our people lives are expendable. They’re gonna answer for their evil come judgement day and burn in hell with that devil they serve.

Kayden
Kayden

Vengeance is mine I will repay said, The Lord of lords and King of kings they all do have appointment dates some sooner than later , it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God Almighty 🤥

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

I don’t know what and why and who’s running this page but I keep putting in my comment and somehow it goes back to asking me about a password.My comment is that I’ve been saying all along that there’s no such thing as good cops and these cops should just simply be thrown right straight into prison because there’s nothing to investigate because they know that they’re doing a crime themselves and don’t even care about being filmed and lying saying stop resisting these cops and some judges,prosecutors, grand juries, and certain jurors are nothing but viruses to this country.😎

Hightly1
Hightly1

The police in the black and brown communities were NEVER there to protect and serve! They are sent there to contain and control!

andanotherthing
andanotherthing

FUCK the police and their "Thin Blue Line" bullshit. This is organized crime at its best. This good Ol boy network should be eliminated and the sheriffs office should be expanded. More people are murdered by the police than die in mass shootings in the US. Let that sink in.

Copslayer
Copslayer

You’re telling me these fucking pigs can’t figure out why the public Cates them

Copslayer
Copslayer

Oh yeah I forgot fuck the police

Copslayer
Copslayer

Just wait until people to stop throwing water at cops! and start throwing bullets at these bitches daily.

I won’t want to hear any pigs crying about getting fucked up bc the good and bad cops have been making themselves the enemy if the people for ever.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Another dangerous criminal taken off the streets for the safety of all. Fuck the Police.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

The sooner we remember and understand that the only job of cops is to protect those with money and property. They originated as private head-bangers and over time became Police. Nothing changed except they received government sanctions to beat, harass, arrest and kill with impunity. The cops are not our friends no matter how much they may smile. All Lies. Criminals in Blue. Useless and Dangerous.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

do the cops even know how to issue a ticket with out violence any more? or were they just trying to get a nice resisting arrest so they can have the rest of the day in an air-conditioned office filling out paperwork? i know Vegas is all about supporting the big casinos and big $$$, never mind the little guy trying to eek out a living!


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