Waiting in the restroom line, Figueroa saw the commotion and started running toward her son.
On her way, she said, one of the teenager’s close friends called Figueroa on her cellphone.
He swore at the officers, demanding they let him up.
He later told his mother that when he got to his feet, he spit out blood, but it was more of a gagging reflex than an attempt to spit on the officer.
Jose’s case is the first major test to North Carolina’s HB 972 since it took effect in October — and also the most controversial.
[Video shows police tackling and beating a black man suspected of stealing a car.
” Lewis Pitts, a retired lawyer who has spoken to city council members about the case, told The Washington Post.
“The only harm is it creates liability and embarrassment for the police department.
Figueroa’s youngest child and niece had to use the bathroom that day, but Jose and the older children didn’t want to stand in the long line for the portable toilets.“N—-a, I just got jumped,” he told the officer, according to the family.Then, they say, the officer slammed him to the ground.The teenager and his mother say police slammed and choked him without provocation.In a month, the court’s interpretation of the incident could determine Jose’s fate.