Saturday evening, just before 9:30 p.m., CPD Officers Rebecca Lomax, Andre Adams, Chris Vanhouten and CPD Investigator Donnie Elkins responded to Eveningside Apartments at 815 13th Street North for a disturbance with weapons at apartment D-3. On scene, they found Dennis Mitchell arguing with a woman. Mitchell was bleeding from his head and said that he had been hit with a beer bottle.
The woman was placed in handcuffs and the officers pulled Mitchell aside to speak with him. As Lomax and Adams led the riled up man over to a patrol car, Mitchell yanked his arm away from Lomax. He made a motion as if he was going to slap the officer and said, “Don’t you ever put yo’ hands on me!” Lomax and Adams both grabbed Mitchell and pushed him to the hood of the patrol car.
Mitchell started fighting with the officers, prompting Elkin to join in attempting to restrain him. Mitchell kept fighting and started aggresively grabbing at the officers, so Adams pulled out his TAZER, removed the dart cartridge and drive stunned Mitchell near his right shoulder. Mitchell turned and yelled, “That don’t hurt! I didn’t even feel that!” and continued to fight. Adams stunned the man again, to little effect. Lomax then pulled her TAZER, removed the dart cartridge and drive stunned Mitchell in the lower back, creating an arc of electricity down the man’s spine.
The reaction was immediate. Mitchell squealed in pain and fell backwards onto the ground. the officers tried to handcuff him, but Mitchell had a grip on Elkin’s flashlight. He was told twice to let go, but refused, so he was stunned again. In total, Mitchell received six stuns between the two officers. When he finally let go, handcuffs were attached to the man’s left hand, but when his right arm was grabbed, he screamed about his hand being broken. [Mitchell’s right hand was in a flexible cast, but the entire time he was speaking with the officers, he repeatedly slammed the “broken” hand on the ground. – JD] His left hand was cuffed to his belt.
After being stunned, Mitchell started yelling at the officers that he had “bullets around my heart, man!” and “Y’all can’t be shockin’ me like that, man! I’m a human being! Y’all tryin’ to kill a motherf***er!”
He yelled at Adams, “You don’t know who you’re messing with! I’ll get out! I’ll watch you take your last breath, punk…with yo’ tight-a** pants! Trying to kill me! F*** you! I got metal all over my heart! And the sh** didn’t even hurt… just made my d*** hard!Motherf***er… made my d*** hard, boy. Y’all tazed me ten times.”
Then to the Packet, “Man quit taking those pictures! Take yo’ big gay a** home, ni**a. You want to take another picture? Here, put this in the Packet!” (flips off the camera)
Back to the officers, “Man, done f***ed my life up down here in Mississippi. F***in’ with a woman I like, man…Soft punk muhf***ers, y’all ain’t no police! You punks wouldn’t make it in my neighborhood. In Chicago, you’d get murdered the first day. Tired of you motherf***ers anyway. I came down here to visit, man.”
To Adams, “I’ll see you again, little white boy wanna-be black man…in yo’ little tight pants. I hope I do see you again.”
To all the officers, “Take those guns and badges off! I’ll whoop all y’all’s a**es! Tazin’ me… y’all tazed me 20 times and it didn’t even hurt! I’ll knock y’all’s a**es out! I’m a human like you a human.”
Mitchell was under the impression that he was stunned for the argument that he was in prior to the officers’ arrival, not for fighting with them when they led him away.
An ambulance was called to the scene to see to Mitchell’s injuries, but after his scrapes and cuts were tended to and it was confirmed that he had no lasting effects from the TAZERs, he refused a ride to hospital, opting instead to go directly to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
In the end, Dennis Mitchell was charged with Public Drunk, Disorderly Conduct, Simple Assault by Threat on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Disturbance of the Peace.