Ohio police have arrested a 20-year-old man who was photographed kneeling on the neck of a 2-year-old boy.
The image, captioned “Blm [Black Lives Matter] now mf,” appeared to show the 20-year-old kneeling on the boy’s neck while making hand signs, in an apparent reference to the death of George Floyd on May 25. A second individual can be seen holding the crying child’s hands behind his back.
Incident deputies said the 2-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital for examination, but was uninjured in the incident.
Clark County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Kristopher Shultz said in a press release that a case against the 20-year-old has been presented to the prosecutor's office who will "provide a determination on the scope and breadth of the felony charges" that he will face. It is not yet clear what charges Jackson may face.
Shultz added that the boy’s mother was unaware of the photo having been taken, or its contents, until she had been informed by other parties.
It follows a separate incident last week which saw a Wisconsin woman, 37, charged for allegedly abusing her teenage son by kneeling on his neck, as she asked: "Do you want to know how George Floyd died? He died something like this. Do you want to die just like him?”
Footage of the alleged assault was recorded by the boy’s sister, who handed it over to police. It appeared to show the mother place her knee on her son’s throat for nearly 50 seconds.
The boy told police he feared for his life, and that it wasn’t the first time his mother had “done it,” according to a complaint.