An attorney for the family of Jonathan Sanders says an autopsy shows he died from strangulation on July 8 during a physical encounter with a Stonewall police officer.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Thursday that he was present when multiple law enforcement agencies briefed Sanders’ family members Tuesday, telling them that he died from “manual asphyxiation” and that the death was a homicide.
“The preliminary autopsy in the death of Jonathan Sanders determined that the cause of death was manual asphyxiation. Eyewitnesses report having seen Officer Kevin Herrington choking Jonathan Sanders continuously for over 20 minutes,” a release from Lumumba and Associates stated. “The preliminary autopsy report determined that the manner of death was homicide. The community and the attorneys for Jonathan Sanders feel that this is enough to establish probable cause exists with which to indict Officer Herrington.”
Sanders, a black man, was driving a horse and buggy in the town before the 25-year-old Herrington, who is white, stopped him in a residential neighborhood. Lumumba said relatives believe Herrington is at fault in Sanders’ death.
Lumumba said Herrington was behind Sanders. When Herrington turned on the blue lights on his cruiser, it startled the horse, who reared and threw Sanders out of his buggy. He said Sanders went after the horse, which is when Herrington allegedly grabbed Sanders from behind and threw him to the ground.
Sanders allegedly said twice, “I can’t breathe,” and another witness told the officer that Sanders couldn’t breathe, his arms weren’t moving and the grass was too high. Lumumba and associate C.J. Lawrence said one of the three eyewitnesses works in law enforcement. Rest of article.
Kingfish note: If the cop indeed murdered Sanders by choking him to death; then indict, prosecute, and convict him. JJ's sentence recommendation: Death in the same manner as that of the victim.