Monday 19 February 2018

Nine officers arrest teenager for jaywalking after striking him with baton

Five officers arrested the tent o the ground Credit: Stockton City News
Five officers arrested the tent o the ground Credit: Stockton City News

David Kearns

A US teenager was stuck in the face with a baton and forced to the ground by five police officers after he was detained for jaywalking.

Footage taken by witnesses to the arrest shows an officer striking the young black male several times before he attempts to wrestle the visibly shaken teen to the pavement.

Unable to manage by himself, four other officers come up and help force the teenager to the ground. Another four can been seen in the video cordoning off the screen and telling those watching to move on.

The incident happened in Stockton, California, and, according to witnesses, the boy was stopped by the officer on a charge of jaywalking.

Refusing to stop, the teen was grabbed by the arm and told to sit down.

Attempting to brush the officer off, he tries to continue walking.

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The footage begins at this point and shows the cop restraining the young man and then starting to beat the teenager with a baton.

“It’s a f**cking kid!” someone can be heard shouting as the officer begins to strike the teen.

“Get off him! He’s been jaywalking! Leave him alone, he didn’t do anything wrong!”

“Stop resisting!” the officer shouts.

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The boy is seen sitting in shock, with his face in his hands, as reinforcements are called in.

Four police officers come up to the teen and wrestle him to the ground before he is handcuffed and taken to a police car.

Under California law, jaywalking carries a fine up to €170.

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