US police officer placed on leave for putting high school student in chokehold

A US police officer has been put on leave after a video emerged appearing to show him putting a high school student in a chokehold. 

Officer Jake Perry of Camden, Arkansas, was filmed wrapping his arms around the student's neck while lifting him up multiple times.

He then keeps one arm around the boy's neck as he marches him out of the school.

It's understood the student - named by local media Dekyrion Ellis - had been arguing with a friend when the officer intervened. The incident reportedly took place on Monday (local time). 

"I feared for my life," Ellis told local news station KTVE. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I blacked out."

Camden Police Department Chief Bo Woody said an investigation into the incident was underway.

He told KTVE Perry was a well-liked member of the force.

"He's well-received in the community. He's lived here all of his life and never had an incident like this.

"I will have an answer within the next couple of days of what it's going to take to resolve this," Woody said on Monday.


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