When Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Jeremy Banks was arrested Sept. 15, he told UT police and a civilian, “Where I’m from, we shoot at cops,” according to Fox News, citing a newly released video.
The UT Police Department released the video Tuesday, Fox News said. The 20-year-old was arrested Sept. 15 after being stopped for allegedly making an illegal U-turn, according to Fox News.
Banks had a warrant for his arrest issued on Aug. 21 for failing to appear in court in July for a misdemeanor driving with a suspended license charge, according to the Knoxville Sentinel.
He later apologized, Fox News said.
WBIR acquired the video from the UTPD. The video is here.
WBIR said the video showed Banks mostly cooperated and was respectful, but made the shooting comments and then insulted the officer.
Banks remains on the team, WBIR said. Coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a statement that Banks’ behavior was unacceptable and the program would handle the situation. He also said:
I’m determined to do what I can to help Jeremy grow up and become a better man. Our team and staff respect our law enforcement and we will continue to educate our players on how to carry themselves at all times.”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.