New York officer filmed wrestling black schoolgirl (11) on to pavement
Published 23/07/2015 | 09:05
A New York City police officer has been filmed forcing an 11-year-old girl to the ground and arresting her on suspicion of stealing a phone.
The black child, who was later released without charge, was walking home from school in the Bronx when she was called over by the white police lieutenant.
Almost immediately he grabs her arm and roughly pulls her towards him before placing his hand around her neck and throwing her to the ground, where he rolls her over and cuffs her.
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The incident took place in February but has only come to light in the United States following a decision by the City of New York not to prosecute the officer for the use of excessive force.
Speaking under oath, the officer said that during the ‘struggle’ with the 11-year-old, both he and the child: “slipped and fell to the ground.”
“On the ground [she] continued to flail her arms and thrash her body, preventing me from placing handcuffs on her. We continued to struggle until I was eventually able to place handcuffs on."
According to reports, a shopkeeper witnessed the police officer’s actions and gave a copy of his store’s CCTV to the child’s mother, who has since filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department.
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Her parents claim that the young child now cries in her sleep, does not like to go outside, and her relationships with friends have changed as she has become more withdrawn.
They also said she is also now scared of and avoids the police.
The video comes less than six months after New York man Eric Garner was grabbed around the neck and wrestled to the ground on suspicion of the minor offense of selling untaxed cigarettes.
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The family of the black man received a €5.4 million settlement from the New York City this week, days before the anniversary of his death.
An white officer placed his arm around Mr Garner's neck to take him to the ground.
Mr Garner, who had asthma, was heard gasping "I can't breathe!" 11 times before he lost consciousness.
He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Mr Garner's death sparked demonstrations and became a flashpoint in a national debate about relations between police and minority communities.