Campbell Faces Ten Years
By Zenobia Jeffries
DETROIT — Excessive is how some describe the charges against Cass Technical High School student-athlete Jayru Campbell.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced at a press conference Feb. 11 the 17-year-old football player will be charged as an adult. Campbell, a junior quarterback, who led his team to back-to-back state championships as a freshman and sophomore in 2011 and 2012, faces a felony charge of assault to do great bodily harm, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence and a misdemeanor of aggravated assault, a one-year prison sentence, for allegedly body slamming a security guard on school premises.
“Any defendant would have been charged accordingly,” Worthy said. “Being a talented football player does not change these facts.”
A mobile video, titled “Jayru Campbell bodyslam of Cass Tech security guard,” went viral Jan. 22, showing a student at Cass Tech body-slamming a security guard.
According to Worthy and earlier news reports of the incident, when asked by the 23-year-old guard to remove his hood inside the building, Campbell refused.
In a statement following her announcement, Worthy said Campbell allegedly became “profane, picked the officer up and slammed him on the floor.”
A second video and Campbell’s teammate Jamaal Brown tell a different tale. Brown told Fox2 news following the incident that Campbell was protecting himself from the guard. “When somebody puts their hands on you, you got a right to defend yourself,” Brown said.
The videos show the guard did not have his back turned when Campbell grabbed him. The students appear to be yelling at the guard, “Why you gotta instigate?”
According to Worthy, the guard sustained facial injuries and an open wound to the head.
Campbell turned himself in to the Detroit Public Schools Police Department prior to being arraigned the morning of Feb. 12 before Magistrate Millicent Sherman who set bail at $5000 with a 10 percent surety.
Sherman ordered Campbell not to have contact with the school.