A white police officer was filmed struggling with a 13-year-old boy who the cop threatened to send to the hospital in Baltimore on July 23.
The boy, Deontay, claimed he was looking for his cat in a neighbor’s yard, but the neighbor said he thought the boy was trying to break into his home, notes WBAL.
A cell phone video filmed by witnesses showed Deontay and his younger sister being ordered to sit down on a stoop. A second video showed the cop in an altercation with Deontay and his mother Kimberly Townes, who told WBAL what happened:
He told them get on the ground. I said, ‘No, they ain’t getting on no ground. She 11 and he’s 13. They not getting on the ground. So I told them, “come on.” When I said that, he grabbed my son, like close armed him, hit him down, tried to get the handcuffs on him, then he started closed fisting my son.
Cell phone video also shows a handcuffed Deontay kicking and trying to get away as the officer walks him to a police car.
The cop puts Deontay in a patrol car, appears to have punched the boy and angrily states: “Yo, I’m about to send this kid to the [expletive] hospital.”
Townes added that Deontay has a mental disability, and another police officer eventually called an ambulance.
The Baltimore Police Department issued a statement:
This was clearly a very hectic and chaotic scene that the officers were dispatched to. We take these matters very seriously and Commissioner Tuggle has demonstrated his commitment to transparency and accountability.
This case is being reviewed by the Office of Professional Responsibility as we speak, and that would include the video clips taken by civilians and posted to social media, as well as the police officers body worn cameras, that we hope provide a more conclusive version of events from start to finish.