He also had an outstanding warrant out of Euless on a criminal-mischief charge, jail records show. Long posted bond shortly after the arrest.
In the video, Long said he was in the library when he picked up a backpack that wasn’t his by mistake. It’s unclear whether that led to the theft charge.
In footage from inside the car as Long is being taken to the jail, he tells an officer: “All of them choked me,” apparently referring to the police officers involved in his arrest.
“Oh, that was disgusting,” he said.
He is also seen repeatedly beating his head against the safety cage of the vehicle.
“To ensure his safety and prevent further self-harm attempts, officers transported the suspect immediately to the jail and requested medical support,” Reynolds said in the statement.
Simpson said she had never met Long before she filmed him in the police car, but he told her Thursday that he blacked out during the arrest. She said his seizure looked real, despite what police said.
“I wanted to record for everyone’s safety and definitely when I hear someone say, ‘Stop choking me,'” Simpson said.