Ohio Police Investigate Photo of Man Kneeling on Child's Neck

Authorities in Ohio are investigating a photo shared on social media that showed a man kneeling on a child's neck.

Maj. Chris Clark with the Clark County Sheriff's Office told Newsweek the incident is being investigated but Isaiah Jackson, the man in the photograph, has been taken into custody on a parole violation.

The child was checked at a local hospital, but was not injured, Clarke added.

The image showed a shirtless man pinning down a child, who appears to be crying, with a knee to the back of the neck, according to WHIO-TV. Another person is seen restraining the child by holding their hands together behind their back.

A caption on the photo that suggested it had originally been shared on Snapchat included the acronym for Black Lives Matter. "Blm now mf," it said.

Clark said authorities are working to identify everyone responsible for the photograph before charges can be filed.

"The Clark County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating this issue," Clark told Newsweek. "The child has been checked at a local hospital and was not injured. This is still an active investigation, however the subject in the photograph has been taken into custody on a violation of parole."

Jackson remains in the Clark County Jail on the parole violation.

"We are currently trying to identity the others responsible for this photograph and are working with our Prosecutors to determine appropriate charges," Clark added.

No further details were provided, but WHIO-TV reported that deputies and medics responded to two different addresses in Clark County on Tuesday in connection with the investigation.

The pose in the image mirrors the actions of a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, for several minutes as he struggled for air.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter while three other officers who are involved in the man's death are also facing charges.

Floyd's death, on May 25, and the killings of other Black people by police made Black Lives Matter a rallying cry in the U.S. once again.

Protests against police brutality and racism started in Minneapolis and quickly spread across the U.S. and have continued to rock some cities ever since.

In recent days, the Trump administration has faced growing criticism after deploying federal agents to quell violence in Portland, Oregon, which has seen nightly demonstrations for more than seven weeks.

Rather than stamping out unrest, the presence of federal agents have exacerbated tensions in the city after reports that some have been sweeping up protesters without probable cause and whisking them away in unmarked vehicles.

Nevertheless, President Donald Trump has vowed to send in federal agents to other Democratic-led cities, including Chicago and New York City.

This article has been updated with information and comments from the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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A protester holds a homemade sign that says "Black Lives Matter" during a protest in New York City on July 18, 2020. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images
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