On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at approximately 3:05 pm, Valdosta Police Officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of East Park Avenue, after a female called E911 and reported that a subject, later identified as Kwame White, was in his vehicle and would not get out. When officers arrived on the scene, they began providing first aid to White’s hand, which had a cut on it. During this time officers were made aware that White had several active arrest warrants. The officer tried to talk to White and continued to provide first aid while attempting to take him into custody, White pushed her out of the way and began to run. Another officer deployed his Conducted Electrical Weapon, striking White in the back and causing him to fall to the ground. Emergency Medical Services responded and transported White to South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) for superficial injuries he sustained during the fall.
While at SGMC, White began to run out of the emergency room. An officer attempted to grab him to prevent him from escaping, White then turned around and spit in the officer’s face. White began to run through the parking lot towards North Ashley Street. A police department K-9 officer attempted to stop White while giving verbal commands for him to stop. White continued to run, so the K-9 officer released his K-9 partner. White ran into the parking lot of Heritage House and jumped on top of a citizen’s car, to evade arrest, and he refused to get down. The K-9 apprehended White, who was taken into custody by officers. White was treated and released by SGMC and transported to Lowndes County Jail.
In addition to the active warrants that White had, he is also being charged with:
- Two counts of Obstruction of an Officer-Felony;
- Criminal damage to property-felony; and
- Obstruction of an Officer-misdemeanor.
“Due to White’s failure to comply with the lawful orders given to him by officers, he created not only further risks of injuries to himself, but he also put officers and citizens in danger.” Chief Leslie Manahan.