Nex Benedict Describes Being “Jumped” in School Bathroom in New Police Bodycam Footage

“They grabbed on my hair, I grabbed onto them, I threw one of them into a paper towel dispenser and then they got my legs out from under me and got me on the ground,” Nex tells the officer. “Started beating the shit out of me. And then my friend’s trying to jump in, help, but I’m not sure, I blacked out.”

In the video, when Sue requests that police charge the teens who attacked Nex, Thompson advises them that the courts would likely see the incident as “a mutual fight,” and strongly suggests that Nex would be found at fault for the assault because he “initiated it essentially.” Thompson also dismisses the bullying, saying that “freedom of speech” means that “you can say mean hurtful things all day long, and you got to let it roll off your shoulders.” He also said that if Nex had not poured water on one of the girls, he would have been “a true victim of assault and battery.”

The interview took place at Bailey Medical Center, where Nex’s mother brought them after the assault. They were discharged that same day. The following day, Nex collapsed at home, after which he was transported to the St. Francis Pediatric Emergency Room, where he was later pronounced dead.

On February 21, OPD issued a statement saying that preliminary information from the medical examiner’s office indicated that Nex “did not die as a result of trauma.” In a text message exchange with independent journalist Judd Legum, Sue Benedict called the OPD statement “a big cover.” Legum has similarly criticized the OPD statement, saying on X, “If the police will not release the autopsy report, why are they releasing partial, paraphrased information?”

The Benedict family released a statement to ABC News stating that only some of the facts of the case have been released to the public and that the family “is independently interviewing witnesses and collecting all available evidence.”

Nex’s death has sparked national outrage, with LGBTQ+ advocates condemning Republican lawmakers and the right-wing social media account Libs of TikTok for stoking anti-trans sentiment in Oklahoma and beyond.

On Monday, friends and community members attended a vigil for Nex in Owasso. Ally, a senior at Owasso High School and a close friend of Nex’s, told NBC News that Nex primarily went by he/him pronouns at school, but used they/them with family, and several other friends also stated that the teenager preferred he/him. Also known to friends as “Roach” or “Roachie,” Nex was a “talented artist” who would always get in trouble for laughing too loud, friends told NBC. Spencer, who went by his first name and described himself as Nex’s partner at the vigil, said that the teen “made everything easier.”

“He would always keep the room in a good mood,” Spencer said, per NBC News. “He was always one of the brightest kids in the room, whether he would smile or not.”

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