Tyler Timberlake Wiki – Tyler Timberlake Biography
Tyler Timberlake, a Fairfax County police officer assigned to the Mount Vernon District Station, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and battery following the violent arrest of a black man the previous afternoon, according to the Fort Hunt Herald.
Bodycam footage of the arrest depicts Timberlake, who arrived at the scene where an unidentified man walked in circles muttering to himself. Police and paramedics were already on the scene when Timberlake arrived and were attempting to get the man into the ambulance. Timberlake appears to tase the man before forcing him onto the ground. Timberlake then appears to kneel on the man’s back and tase him a second time. Officers and paramedics helped to pin the man down before he was put in handcuffs. In the video, the man struggles to break free and repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.”
Timberlake has served on the police force for eight years. He and other officers involved in the arrest were placed on administrative leave. The man who was arrested has not been officially identified.
On June 7, the Fairfax County Police Department issued a statement, saying “the actions of the officer clearly exceeded the boundaries of law, policy and professionalism.” The statement adds, “As an officer attempted to deescalate the situation that was underway, Timberlake arrived shortly after and used force that is unacceptable.”
“This incident should have never happened,” Fairfax NAACP President Sean Perryman said in a statement posted to social media. “This latest video is a testament that Fairfax County is not immune to police violence.”
Jeff McKay, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman, also made a statement in response to the arrest and the bodycam footage. “I am angry,” McKay said. “This has been a particularly hard couple of weeks for our community, and what we’ve heard tonight will make healing more difficult.”
“Though our department has come a long way to further those values, including the establishment of a Civilian Review Panel, hiring of an Independent Police Auditor, phasing in of body-worn cameras, and currently studying racial disparities in use of force cases by FCPD – clearly there is still work to be done,” McKay said.
In case you missed Saturday’s news conference where I joined the Chief of Police, please see my statement below on the unlawful use of force incident by a Fairfax Police Officer. You can view the press conference here: https://t.co/FWpxSOXBdO pic.twitter.com/NPX10J7VIa
— Jeff McKay (@JeffreyCMcKay) June 8, 2020