Here’s video shot showing a group of uniformed cops in the process of arresting a 12-year old boy. Then, out of nowhere, an undercover cop begins sucker punching the kid.
Let me repeat this: an undercover cop repeatedly sucker punches a 12-year old for resisting arrest while other cops are trying to cuff the kid. It’s the undercover cop who comes in out of nowhere as other uniformed cops are handling the kid. According to Think Progress:
In the video, the boy, who is identified as 12 years, and his friend repeatedly ask why they’re being arrested, as onlookers yell at the officers. According to an actress who uploaded the video to Facebook, Sarah Doneghy, the two were approached by police for allegedly pushing down a classmate. In the video, the boys are held against two separate vehicles for several minutes before they’re put in the cars in handcuffs.
“This is not a war, this is a 12-year-old kid,” said one woman who identified herself as a lawyer. “They’re animals right?”
The classmate allegedly said that the two boys were not the perpetrators. Officers allege the victims were actually 16 and 17-years-old, and that they were participating in a gang initiation.
The video alone should be a firing offense. Period. I’ve got zero tolerance for this kind of crap, and I can’t wait to listen to the PBA claim that this was somehow justified or that the cop was acting according to proper procedures, even though the video shows the absolute opposite. There was no justification for the punches. None.
Internal Affairs is currently investigating.
Even if the arrest of the two kids were justified, there’s absolutely no justification for the assault by the cop. That’s what is going on here. We’re witnessing an assault by the cop on a 12-year old.