Florida police officers have come under fire after a video released by an anonymous source showed them punching a Black teen girl as they restrained her. Authorities claim she was resisting arrest.
According to the Miami Herald, on Thursday at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs, a bystander videotaped the arrest and alleged assault as the 14-year-old girl was “face down, lying on her belly on the ground, and is punched twice in the side by an uniformed cop while being held down by another officer.”
Of course, the Coral Springs police deny that excessive force was used in this case and that the video doesn’t capture the entire story of what happened.
“As with all social media posts, it shows only the end of the story, not the incident in its entirety which led up to the arrest,” reads the statement posted on Friday.
“Officers were called to the mall by security about unruly teens, who had been harassing patrons and causing a disturbance. Upon meeting with security, an officer was stopped by a mother, who indicated her 5-year old child was shoved to the ground by one of the teens.”
They also claim the teen under arrest after hitting another teen at the mall.
Coral Springs police stress that mall security asked them to ban the teens from the mall, which they did, but had to return soon after when those same teens returned to the mall.
The police also stressed that they used this amount of force in order to unclench her fist, a claim that many folks on Twitter do not believe.
After the arrest, the teens were first taken to the police department and later transferred to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
The teen’s mother, Jessica Dennis, told WPLG Local 10 News that the police were out of line and that her daughter didn’t deserve to be assaulted like that.
“He went completely overboard,” the teen’s mother, she said. “Her hands were pinned up. It was just too much.”
Dennis added that it was hard to watch her daughter being held down and hit by the officers.
“I was heartbroken and I couldn’t see her. They just seemed nonchalant. They didn’t care.”
Regardless of what these girls did, how can one justify does punching them when they are down?