Bradenton man facing new charges for allegedly resisting arrest during SWAT team drug raid

Manatee County Sheriff addresses controversial video of Bradenton SWAT arrest

MANATEE (WWSB) - A Bradenton man charged with resisting arrest after Manatee County deputies issued a search warrant of his home is facing additional charges.

Jarrel Carter had already been charged with resisting arrest with violence following the execution of a search warrant on February 28, 2019 at a home on the 1900 block of 17th Ave E, which was allegedly apart of a “high risk" drug raid, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Now the State Attorney’s Office is additionally charging Carter with resisting arrest without violence, saying he resisted arrest from as many as six detectives, which is not shown in the video Carter gave to media outlets.

“On the new charges, they’re trying to say I didn’t follow their commands and what they told me to do,” said Carter, who says the video shows he followed their commands, doing what deputies told him to as he approached them.

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A two-minute helicopter video from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office shows Carter being taken out of the home by Manatee County deputies.

Deputies say they asked Carter to place his hands in the air and get down on the ground. Carter refused and placed his hands towards his pants, according to a release from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say based on Carter’s refusal they were forced to use a “leg sweep tactic." According to the release, during the tactic, Carter grabbed and twisted a deputy’s finger, causing the deputy and Carter to both fall on the ground.

Carter was not injured, but arrested. According to the release, the deputy was in need of medical attention.

Carter was one of five suspects who were allegedly a part of selling drugs in the community, according to the release.

“I just feel like I was a target,” said Carter about the incident. “You can hear one of them say grab him, but I didn’t resist,” Carter said.

Carter shared with ABC7 video from the incident captured by his grandmother’s home surveillance system.

Bradenton man charged for allegedly resisting arrest during SWAT team drug raid

“All I did was put my hands up and I was doing what I was told. And instead of them putting my hands behind my back [to] go ahead and arrest me, they went to yanking, and jerking all on me, tripped me with their foot. Two or three of them put their knee on my back and the last one came and put his knee in my neck.”

Carter also says he did not grab a deputy’s finger, but the deputy says his finger was nearly broken when Carter grabbed it as Carter was taken down.

“That’s something that we can dispute all day in court and we look forward to that opportunity," said Sheriff Rick Wells. "[Carter] says it never happened, my deputy says it did happen, we know it did. [The deputy] had to have medical treatment on that finger.”

Sheriff Wells also points out that at the beginning of the Ring video, the other suspects were already on the floor. He said it was before the recording started that Carter ignored numerous commands to put his hands in the air and get on the ground.

“He would’ve been handled just like everyone else during that search warrant, if he would’ve just complied," said Sheriff Wells. "He’s the only one who didn’t comply, as you can tell from the video.”

Carter said this isn’t true and claims he’s been targeted by police for years.

“Every time you ride around or do anything, you’re just paranoid," Carter said. “Thinking the police are going to mess with you for nothing, when you knowing [you’re] not doing anything."

When asked if he’s selling drugs in the community, Carter said, "No. no.”

Deputies did not find any drugs or guns during the search.

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