Adonis Denzel Tuggle, 24, is a junior student of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States where he is studying psychology. He is black and his girlfriend is white.
Jon Selke, 31, is a white cop. He is a West Lafayette resident and a Purdue University campus officer.
On February 4, 2022, Tuggle and his girlfriend were having an argument. At around 8:00 p.m., Selke went to the school’s campus in West Lafayette to respond to a call from someone who reported that it appeared a woman was being held against her will.
Tuggle does not know who called the police. When Selke arrived, he allegedly screamed at Tuggle to get away from his girlfriend.
Selke tried to arrest Tuggle then a struggle ensued. When Selke pushed Tuggle against a truck, the student struggled until they fell into the snow, the student told Purdue Exponent.
The girlfriend also yelled at Selke so Tuggle told her to calm down. The Purdue University also asked her to record the arrest, which she did, and the video is now going viral.
At 9:23 p.m., Tuggle was booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail in Lafayette, Indiana on suspicion of resisting law enforcement. He was released on February 5, 2022 after posting a $250 bond.
Since the video of the arrest went viral, Selke has been reportedly receiving death threats. He was placed on administrative leave until further notice, Purdue University Police Department chief John Cox announced on February 10, 2022.
On the same day, Tuggle told Associated Press that the only thing he was thinking about while Selke was pinning him was trying to get the officer off of him. The Purdue University student said, “Basically, what happened to George Floyd almost happened to me except I had an elbow not a knee and fortunately, I’m still breathing instead of being in a casket.”
On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd Jr., 46, was arrested by four Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Kiernan Lane and J Alexander Kueng in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck while Kueng and Lane were holding the arrestee and Thao was interacting with the eyewitnesses.
Less than two hours after the arrest, Floyd died. His death reignited the Black Lives Matter movement while the world was dealing the with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.