One would have to imagine that police officers don’t like the fact that nearly everyone has the capability to record video of them doing their jobs, especially the cops who like to use excessive force during their workdays. Well, another video showing police brutality has been released this week and it shows a Florida officer punching a 14 year old girl. The incident happened at a mall in Coral Springs, Fl., and the officer in question is facing harsh criticism by the public.
The video shows the officer kneeling on the young girls neck and shoulder area and repeatedly punching her in the side. The girl’s arms are pinned underneath her, so there’s no way she was a threat to either officer. The altercation started after police were called to the mall to deal with a group of rowdy teens. The police arrived and banned the teens from the mall, but a few of them returned and the police were called again.
Police allege after they arrested one of the teens, the girl in the video began to incite the others. A Police spokesman released a statement and CBS Miami Channel 4 reported that “officers attempted to take her into custody, at which time she began to fight and resist arrest. Due to her stature and aggressive behavior, officers took her to the ground attempting to get her to release her fists.”
The girl’s mother, Jessica Dennis, is none too happy about what her daughter went through. She told CBS Miami that
‘Her hands are pinned up, he’s fish tailing her whole body with her shorts. It was just too much going on and she clearly wasn’t aggressive.’
An attorney representing Dennis’ family said in a statement to the local station that
‘to say that the police officer was justified to punch her continuously while he has his knee on her back and her hands under her belly, the video speaks for itself.’
As per usual when an officer is accused of police brutality a police spokesman said the officer did nothing wrong and broke no laws.
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