Cameras caught cop punching a child who he had pinned to ground
Cameras caught a Florida cop punching a 14-year-old girl, who he had already pinned to the ground, while she was laying on her stomach. An additional police officer is seen in the video helping pin the child to the ground while the male officer repeatedly punches the girl.
Cops were called to the Coral Square Mall on Thursday because allegedly there were unruly teens who had been harassing people. According to police, the teens were given a trespassing warning but returned to the mall. Police claim the girl cursed, fought, and resisted arrest.
The name of the officer seen using excessive force on the teen has not been released yet. Since the video has gone viral, it’s been reported that he works for the Coral Springs Police Department, which is roughly 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The name of the girl who was accosted has not been released because it is standard practice to not share the names of minors in media reports. Her mother, Jessica Dennis, told WSVN-TV it was difficult to watch the video. At least someone caught the encounter on camera, because that means there is a chance that this police officer will be held accountable.
— 6 On Your Side (@IdahoOnYourSide) October 21, 2018
“She clearly wasn’t aggressive. Everyone could see she was laying there,” Dennis told reporters. “So I just want justice to be served.” The teen’s mother hired attorney Meeghan Moldof, who explained to reporters what happened in the encounter. “It’s clear from the video that my client was on the ground,” she said. “Her hands are under her belly, the officer’s knees are on her back, and he’s just gut-shotting her, like one after another.” In the video, you can hear someone yelling: “Why you hitting her? She can’t do that, her hands underneath her, the f*** you hitting her for?”
The police officer — so far — has only received support from his department. The department claims that understanding the reason why the cops were called is justification for the officer’s actions.
— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) October 19, 2018
Think about how pathetic your entire department looks. This police officer should be fired and so should its leadership.— Short-Sleeve Summer Danny (@dannypinnyc) October 19, 2018
Seriously if your police officers can’t restrain a 14 year old girl without assaulting her, then you need new officers. This is embarrassing you dumb idiots.
There is no reason for a grown man to repeatedly punch a 14 year old little girl. None. That officer and your police department should be DEEPLY ashamed of that behavior and this dreadful, blame the victim response.— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) October 19, 2018
“Such excessive force by police is particularly disturbing given its disproportionate impact on people of color,” the ACLU says about police brutality on people of color. The nonprofit “fights for a country where law enforcement treats all communities with dignity, employs restraint on police power, and uses only the degree of force necessary to maintain the community’s safety.”
What part of your handbook and/or policy training in orientation instructs your employees to punch anyone, “regardless of age or gender”, if their hands are stuck underneath them due to being held with force to the ground? Oh, can’t find the page? Didn’t think so... #TakeAKnee— love, just me. (@aimeswick) October 20, 2018
It's my duty to call it out, I listen. How dare they try to justify beating a child and double down on the racist trope of overly-maturing a young woman because she is black. That would *never* occur if the victim was white. No way would there have been such an attack, either.— Lisa Is Preparing For 2020 ✊🍺 (@crafty_lisafl) October 21, 2018
She was arrested for cursing? I thought this was America and people have freedom of speech. What law did she violated by cursing, hurting the cops feelings? You really issued a statement with the caption “RUMOR CONTROL?”— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 21, 2018
Nah you need police brutality control. This is disgusting.