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Teen speaks out about alleged abuse by JPD

Knight, his family attorney, former coaches and teammates gathered for a press conference with attorneys Wednesday. Source: WLBT Knight, his family attorney, former coaches and teammates gathered for a press conference with attorneys Wednesday. Source: WLBT
John Knight claims he was physically assaulted by a Jackson police officer during a traffic stop. Source: Facebook John Knight claims he was physically assaulted by a Jackson police officer during a traffic stop. Source: Facebook
John Knight claims he was physically assaulted by a Jackson police officer during a traffic stop. Source: WLBT John Knight claims he was physically assaulted by a Jackson police officer during a traffic stop. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With a visible scar on his right cheek, 19-year-old John Knight III gave his account of what happened during a traffic stop with a JPD officer Monday. 

READ MORE: Callaway teen claims Jackson police officer physically assaulted him

Knight, his family attorney, former coaches and teammates gathered for a press conference with attorneys Wednesday.

"As soon as he cut the lights on, I immediately pulled over," said John Knight III. "Then he put the gun to the back of my head, I got real scared, my life flashed before my eyes."

He says a JPD officer pulled him over then with his gun drawn, told him to exit his car. 

Knight III says he was then thrown to the ground and the officer put his foot on his neck and head. 

He claims the officer cocked his firearm and put it against his head. After being handcuffed, she says the officer punched him in the face. 

Knight says he was never told why he was stopped. 

READ MORE: JPD: Officer accused of excessive force against teen placed on administrative leave

The Knights have hired Jackson attorney Dennis Sweet to represent them. Sweet filed a notice of claim with the city in attempts to get records of their version of what happened. It's the first step in filing a lawsuit. 

"He went into internal affairs and told them how he treated me," said Sweet. "He gave them every detail. So don't hide behind 'we have to investigate'. What happened?"

Knight III, a Callaway High School graduate, now has a basketball scholarship to Utah State. His former AAU teammates and coaches were also present for support. 

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