A police office was caught on a cellphone video using pepper spray on a teen girl and slamming her down on concrete at a bus station in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 20.
After the cop threw the teen girl on the ground, the scene quickly escalated into bystander anger and chaos.
Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek claimed that officers were trying to prevent fights among a “loud and unruly crowd” of more than 100 children and teenagers, notes the Des Moines Register.
Amari Davis, a teen who filmed the video, claimed the officer was “brutal and aggressive” with the teen girl, who was trying to stand up for her brother:
They are treating kids bad for no reason. He didn’t have to put his hands on her like that.
The police department plans to review the officer’s body cam video and footage from bus station surveillance cameras.
Amazingly, the police department will not launch an internal police investigation unless a formal complaint is filed by a citizen.
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