Teen speaks out after arrest by Schertz police: ‘I was fearing for my life’

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A Black teen arrested by Schertz police after allegedly running a red light has spoken publicly for the first time since the incident was caught on home surveillance video Nov. 2.

The video shows 18-year-old Zekee Rayford getting out of his car in his driveway with his hands up and then running toward the front door and yelling,”Dad, Dad” before he was kneed, kicked and tased.

“I was pretty scared.  I was fearing for my life, trying to get to the door, hoping that my Dad would come and he did, eventually, but I was pretty scared,” Rayford said at a virtual news conference Monday.

Rayford was on his way home from welding school the night of Nov. 2 when he allegedly ran a red light on Schertz Parkway and failed to pull over.  He drove to his home.

Dallas attorney Daryl Washington said Rayford has nightmares and is afraid of living in his family’s home.  Washington accuses the Schertz officers of using excessive force and he wants all charges dropped against Rayford.

The teen is charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

Dear young black men.. I understand why y’all are scared of the 👮‍♂️ 👮‍♀️ police…. I’m sorry y’all have to go through this… I’m sorry brother

Posted by DeOndra PrincessKari Rayford on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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