DeKalb police release footage from McDowell arrest

The DeKalb Police Department has released a compilation of footage from an arrest last month that garnered nationwide attention.

On Sunday DeKalb police uploaded 17 minutes of video from dashboard cameras related the Aug. 24 arrest of Aurora man Elonte McDowell. A cell phone video released last week showed McDowell on the ground in a headlock by a DeKalb police officer before he is tased by a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy went viral on social media.

"As a result of this arrest, there has been significant public interest in this case and the facts that surround this arrest," according to the news release. "The DeKalb Police Department believes it is important to be transparent with our community to best preserve the public trust."

The video, posted to the City of DeKalb's YouTube channel, follows the arrest from the time McDowell is pulled over in the Lincoln Towers parking lot. When he is pulled over, McDowell can be heard asking why he is being pulled over and if he is being detained.

"Yes, this is a traffic stop, you're being detained," the DeKalb police officer says.

McDowell says he does not have a driver's license but that he does have an ID. The first police officer leaves, but a second officer can be seen talking with McDowell's passenger, although there is no audio for the conversation.

At about 5 minutes into the video, the first police officer returns and asks McDowell to get out of his car to talk. McDowell asks if he has to, and the officer says if he does not, he can be arrested. A third police officer appears at this time and also orders McDowell out of the car.

McDowell asked again if he was being detained. The third officer says McDowell can be arrested for not following a lawful order.

McDowell can be seen exiting the vehicle and, off camera, he is asked if he was banned from the property. McDowell was banned from the Lincoln Towers property in November 2018, according to court records.

"I pulled over for y'all,"McDowell said. "Why are y'all trying to give me a hard time?" McDowell can be heard asking.

Police can be overheard talking about how there was supposed to be a large amount of narcotics in the car. About 10 minutes into the video, a K9 unit can be seen in the camera and around around the car. Later, the third officer on the scene would open the door and search inside the car.

According to court documents, police said they found a bag containing between 1 and 3.5 ounces of marijuana in the car. During a post-arrest interview with DeKalb police, McDowell said the marijuana was his, according to court documents.

Police said the bag and drugs matched those McDowell was promoting in a video on Snapchat, according to court documents.

In the video, the first police officer can be heard telling McDowell he is being detained because he is banned from the Lincoln Towers property.

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