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Purdue cop on leave after video shows him pinning Black student

Zion Moss speaks during a town hall hosted by the Purdue University Black Student Union, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in West Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University police officer received death threats and is on leave until further notice, the university said, after he was caught on video using his elbow to pin a Black student to the ground by the neck as the student yelled “You’re choking me.”

The student, 24-year-old Adonis Tuggle, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the officer also punched him and pressed his face into the snowy ground during the Feb. 4 arrest on the school’s campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.

“He was smothering me, almost as if you were trying to drown somebody underwater,” Tuggle said.

Part of the arrest was captured on cellphone video by Tuggle’s girlfriend, which was first reported by entertainment website TMZ.

Tuggle, a junior psychology major, said he was arrested, charged with resisting arrest and spent about an hour in jail before bailing himself out.

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