John Elliott Neville, 56, of Greensboro, also can be heard telling officers, “Let me go!” and “Help me!” and calling out, “Mama!” during the episode a day after his December 1 arrest. He became unresponsive during the incident and died later at a hospital.
The five corrections officers and the nurse who attended to Neville leading up to his death have been charged with involuntary manslaughter by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill. They have been relieved of duty, the sheriff’s office said.
Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. apologized to the Neville family on Wednesday, following the court order to release the footage.
“I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate the class in which you have handled the passing of your father,” Kimbrough said. “I have stood with you from the beginning and will continue to stand with you.”
CNN has reached out to the district attorney’s office and the attorney for Neville’s family.
He fell from a top bunk to the floor
Neville was arrested by the Kernersville Police Department on a charge of assault on a female out of Guilford County, according to the sheriff’s office.
While in custody at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Center, he experienced an unknown medical emergency while he slept that caused him to fall out of his top bunk to the floor, O’Neill said last month during a news conference.
Corrections officers and a nurse were dispatched to his cell, where they found Neville disoriented and confused, O’Neill said. The decision was made to move him to an observation cell to see what was causing his distress. Over the next 45 minutes, Neville sustained injuries that caused him to lose his life, O’Neill said.
Videos taken from body and handheld cameras inside the detention facility on December 2 show at least five officers attending to Neville in his cell where he is on the ground. Officers can be heard in the 45-minute video asking him to stay down and informing him that he’d just had a seizure.
Neville can be heard screaming, “Hold on, let me up, and let me up,” while officers restrain him on the ground and he struggles with them. Neville yells, “Help me, help me,” several times and can be heard yelling, “Mama! Mama! Mama!” and several expletives.
An officer can be heard telling him several times, “John, Listen to me. You are having a medical problem. You need to calm down.” Neville continues to yell and struggle saying, “Let me go! Let me go! Move your hands, let me up! Come on!”
As Neville continues pleading with officers, he is told to relax and to stop resisting. For several minutes, officers are seen attempting to take handcuffs off Neville, who is seen lying motionless on the ground with a white bag on his head meant to protect the officers from his spittle. Neville is eventually wheeled out of his cell by officers and down the hall.
While walking him down the hall, an officer can be heard asking, “John, you doing OK, buddy?” Neville responds, “No, help me.” The officer said, “We’re helping you. We’ve got medical here. You’ve got a medical condition going on, you need to calm down, OK?”
Neville is wheeled to another room where a nurse checks his blood pressure. The nurse…