Officer Shown On Video Kicking Handcuffed Young Child To The Ground
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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Police are investigating an incident after video was captured of an officer taking a handcuffed student to the ground.
Two boys, who appear to be about 10 or 11-years-old, are seen in the first video on a bus allegedly causing a disturbance. A woman heard in the video is asking students to sit down as a boy in a red shirt is escorted off the bus, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The video shows the boy who appears to be handcuffed and seated next to another boy who is sitting with handcuffs on. They are surrounded by three officers.
Roughly halfway between the second video an officer is seen approaching the boy in the red shirt, who is now standing and facing another officer. The officer then took him to the ground with what appeared to be a leg sweep, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater told the Sun Sentinel that the incident occurred Thursday near the Galaxy Elementary School. However, it’s unclear if the students attend that school.
“We are aware of video that is circulating the Internet involving several of our officers. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty,” Slater said in a statement to the Sun Sentinel.
She explained that police are working to determine exactly what happened.
In the video, some students can be heard yelling “They can’t do that!” after the officer brought the boy to the ground.
“We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in it’s entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation,” Slater stated.